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Greek Academics Among Most Influential Scientific Minds Worldwide

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In a testament to the quality of scientific research and education in the country, three Greek academics have recently been ranked among the world’s most influential scientific minds.

A Greek man even topped the list of the most influential academics in the world.

Christodoulos Stefanadis, a Professor of Cardiology at the Medical School of the University of Athens, ranked first on the list with a total of 3,079 publications.

The next Greek in the rankings was Dimosthenis Panagiotakos, a Professor of Biostatistics Research Methods and Epidemiology at Harokopio University in Athens, with 2,432 publications.

Professor Meletios-Athanasios Dimopoulos, the Dean of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and Professor of Oncology, ranked 16th on the list with 2,358 publications.

The list also includes other prominent Greek researchers such as Nektarios Benekos (a lead researcher at CERN) and Aristides Tsatsakis (a professor of Toxicology at the University of Crete) with 1,007 and 989 publications respectively.

Researchers are ranked according to trusted data

Every year, Clarivate releases a list of the world’s most influential scientific minds, which includes academics and scientists whose work has had the most significant impact in their fields worldwide.

The academics are ranked according to trusted data collected from the world’s leading research platforms.

This data includes the number of scholarly papers published by each academic, how many times their papers have been cited by others, and the influence of their research in their respective fields.

Greek academics have long been recognized internationally

It is not the first time that Greek academics have left their mark on such a prestigious list, showcasing the high academic standards of the country.

In 2020, eleven Greek researchers were ranked among the most highly-cited scientists in the world, whereas in 2018, five professors from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens were included in a similar list based on their total number of references globally.

After a year full of debates about the level of higher education in Greece due to the reports of bad conduct in its universities, such an honor of Greek academics confirms the high level of university level studies offered in Greece.

Greek universities have often been deemed to be among the best worldwide in past years.

In 2019, Greece’s two largest universities were ranked among the top ten percent of all the universities in the world.

According to the publication “Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities,” released that year, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki were ranked among the top ten percent of 4,000 higher education institutions around the world.

The institution which publishes the list examined 4,000 institutions and ended up with a ranking which included the 835 best universities in the entire world.

The University of Athens ranked 213th in the world, while the University of Thessaloniki ranked 363rd.

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