HKU listed among world’s top 50 universities with the most highly cited researchers

Thirty one academics (note 1) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have been named by Clarivate in its list of “Highly Cited Researchers 2021” as the most influential in the world. Their works have been highly cited by fellow academics and are hence making a significant impact in ongoing research in their respective fields of study.

The number of world’s top researchers at HKU has more than doubled that of 2020’s, and remains to be the highest among universities in Hong Kong. It is also the first time that HKU is listed among the top 50 universities globally. Highly Cited Researchers are selected for their exceptional research performance, determined by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.

A total of 6,602 researchers from over 70 countries and regions are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2021. Among them 3,774 are in specific fields and 2,828 for cross-field performance.

The 31 Highly Cited Researchers of HKU:http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp00890/publications;jsessionid=88A2F1F3C865A36002E8FAE545F2E367

Research Category Name of Researcher Title and Department
Computer Science Dr Kaibin HUANG Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Cross-Field Mr CAI Jianpiao Assistant Research Officer, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Ester CERIN Honorary Professor, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Dr CHAN Kwok-hung Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Vincent CHENG Chi-chung Honorary Clinical Professor, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Dr CHU Hin Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Benjamin John COWLING Professor, Chair of Epidemiology, Head of Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Peng GONG Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development), President’s Office
Professor, Chair of Global Sustainability, Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor James LAM Professor, Chair of Control Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Professor Gabriel Matthew LEUNG Dean, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Helen and Francis Zimmern Professor in Population Health, and Professor, Chair of Public Health Medicine, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Dennis LEUNG Yiu-Cheong Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Professor MAK Tak-wah Professor, Department of Pathology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Malik PEIRIS Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science, and Professor, Chair of Virology, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Chuyang TANG Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Professor Patrick WOO Chiu-yat Honorary Clinical Professor, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Joseph WU Tsz-kei Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Dr Cyril YIP Chik-Yan Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Dr YUAN Shuofeng Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Economics and Business Professor Kevin Zheng ZHOU Chung Hon-Dak Professor in Strategy and International Business, and Professor, Chair of Strategy and International Business, Faculty of Business and Economics, HKU Business School
Environment and Ecology; Microbiology Professor Tong ZHANG Professor, Chair of Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Geosciences Professor Min SUN Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science
Professor Guochun ZHAO Professor, Chair of Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science
Immunology Dr Kelvin TO Kai-wang Clinical Associate Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor YUEN Kwok-yung Professor, Chair of Infectious Diseases, and Henry Fok Professor in Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Immunology; Microbiology Dr Jasper CHAN Fuk-woo Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Materials Science Professor Lain-Jong LI Professor, Chair of Future Electronics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Mathematics Professor Xiaoming YUAN Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Microbiology Professor Leo POON Lit-man Professor and Head, Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Physics Professor Wang YAO Professor, Chair of Physics,

Department of Physics

Professor Shuang ZHANG Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Chair Professor, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science
Professor Xiang ZHANG President and Vice-Chancellor, President’s Office
Professor, Chair of Physics and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Note 1: Clarivate counted 33 HCRs from HKU, of which two were double counted in different categories, while two others have left the University.  Professor MAK Tak-Wah, currently with the Department of Patholody, and Professor Ester Cerin, currently with the School of Public Health, both having primary affiliation with another university, are incorporated under the HKU list.

For the full 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary, please click here.

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