FW: [Asis-l] FW: Dr. Eugene Garfield Wins the Online Information Lifetime Achievement Award (fwd)

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Thu Nov 30 13:40:16 EST 2006

Dear Gene, 




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Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2006 09:54:36 -0500
From: Richard Hill <rhill at asis.org>
To: asis-l at asis.org
Subject: [Asis-l] FW: Dr. Eugene Garfield Wins the Online Information
    Lifetime Achievement Award

From: rodney.yancey at thomson.com [mailto:rodney.yancey at thomson.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 9:52 AM
To: Richard Hill
Subject: Dr. Eugene Garfield Wins the Online Information Lifetime
Achievement Award

 Dr. Eugene Garfield Wins the Online Information Lifetime Achievement Award

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Scientific,
part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider
of information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities,
today announced that Dr. Eugene Garfield is the 2006 recipient of the Online
Information Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of more than 50 years
of dedication, leadership and innovation in the information industry.  The
2006 International Information Industry Awards were held at the Royal
Lancaster Hotel in London, UK on Wednesday, November 29th.

    Often dubbed the "Father of Scientometrics and Bibliometrics," Dr.
Garfield is founder & chairman emeritus of the Institute for Scientific
Information (ISI(R)) - now Thomson Scientific.  Garfield's career in
scientific communication and information science began in 1951 when he
joined the Welch Medical Indexing Project at Johns Hopkins University, USA.
The project planted the seeds for several major advances in scientific
communication and information science that have distinguished Dr. Garfield's

    In 1958, Garfield was contacted by Joshua Lederberg, who was interested
in knowing what happened to the citation index Garfield proposed in 1955 in
the journal, Science.  This, eventually led to a meeting with the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) to produce and distribute a Genetics Citation
Index, including a multi-disciplinary index to the science literature of
1961. Undaunted by the NIH and National Science Foundation's (NSF)
disinterest in publishing the latter index, Garfield began regularly
publishing the Science Citation Index(R) (SCI(R)) in 1964 through the
Institute for Scientific Information.  The SCI(R) soon distinguished itself
from other literature indexes and was recognized as a basic and fundamental
innovation in scientific communication and information science.

    From 1961 on, Garfield's career is marked by the constant enhancement of
existing resources combined with the extraordinary development of new
information tools for researchers, including Current Contents(R), plus
citation indexes for the social sciences (SSCI(R)) and arts and humanities

    During the past decades, as the volume of literature has been growing
exponentially, Garfield's innovations have made it possible for researchers
to cope with and keep up with articles directly relevant to their interests.
Current Contents has become a vital and basic component of clinical research
and the research laboratory.

    The SCI has become an important tool for navigating the scientific
literature.  With the advent of the Internet the SCI, SSCI, and A&HCI were
integrated into the online information solution - Web of Science(R).  Web of
Science is the leading resource that provides seamless access to current and
retrospective multidisciplinary information from the most prestigious,
high-impact research journals in the world. Web of Science also provides a
unique search method, cited reference searching. With it, users can navigate
forward, backward, and through the literature, searching all disciplines and
time spans (back to 1900) to uncover all the information relevant to their

    Today, Web of Science is a key component of ISI Web of Knowledge(SM) -
the ground-breaking, integrated research platform that facilitates discovery
by offering seamless navigation to high-quality, multidisciplinary journal,
patent, and web content; evaluation tools; and bibliographic management

    At age 81, Dr. Garfield maintains a heavy schedule of invited speeches
and presentations before high-level medical, scientific, and information
symposia and conferences.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and
recognitions.  He has published over 1,000 weekly essays in Current Contents
and has also published and edited commentaries by the authors of over 5,000
Citation Classics.  Dr Garfield continues to be active in scientific
communication and information science.  In 1986, he founded The Scientist, a
bi-weekly newspaper for research professionals.  It reports on news and
developments relevant to the professional and practical interests of
scientists, providing a unique forum for the discussion of issues important
both to the research community and society.

    Accepting the award, Dr. Garfield expressed his gratitude to Online
Information, colleagues, the research and information communities,
employees, and friends around the world who supported him throughout his
career and inspired his significant contributions to the information
industry.  He saved his most important thanks for last to his family.

    About The Thomson Corporation

    The Thomson Corporation (http://www.thomson.com) is a global leader in
providing essential electronic workflow solutions to business and
professional customers.  With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn.,
Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to
more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial
services, scientific research and healthcare.  The Corporation's common
shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC;

    Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation.  Its
information solutions assist professionals at every stage of research and
development-from discovery to analysis to product development and
distribution. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at


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     Rodney Yancey

     +1 215-823-5397

     rodney.yancey at thomson.com


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     +44 207 424 2474

     kim.yeatman at thomson.com

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