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The 50 Most Influential Scientific Thinkers You Should Follow On Twitter

Oliver Sacks NYU School of Medicine

For new users on Twitter, the good folks at Science Magazine have put together a list of the most influential scientists on twitter you should be following right now.

With that in mind, here are 50 scientific thinkers whose thoughts and opinions will make you a little bit smarter. So here is the cream that rose to the top:


50. Micah Allen, Neuroscientist –  @neuroconscience
Citations: 81 K-index: 66
Total number of tweets: 21,900
University College London, United Kingdom

49. Michael Eisen, @mbeisen | Biologist at UC Berkeley and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Citations: 68,785 K-index: 8
Total number of tweets: 16300
University of California, Berkeley, United States

48. Karen E. James, @kejames, Staff Scientist; Program in Human and Environmental Sustainability at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
Citations: 1,007 K-index: 31
Total number of tweets: 61,800
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, United States

47. Brian Krueger, @LabSpaces, Genomicist
Citations: 154 K-index: 58
Total number of tweets: 36,700
Duke University, United States

46. Amy Mainzer, @AmyMainzer WISE Deputy Project Scientist ; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Astrophysics and Space Sciences Section
Citations: 1,444 K-index: 31
Total number of tweets: 2,221
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States

45. Simon Baron-Cohen, @sbaroncohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge.
Citations: 84,132 K-index: 8
Total number of tweets: 119
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

44. Ves Dimov, M.D., @DrVes, an Allergist/Immunologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He is double board-certified in Allergy/Immunology (ABAI, a conjoint board of Medicine and Pediatrics) and Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Citations: 211 K-index: 58
Total number of tweets: 32,200
University of Chicago, United States

43. John Allen Paulos, @JohnAllenPaulos, an extensively kudized author, popular public speaker, and columnist.
Citations: 1,489 K-index: 31
Total number of tweets: 4,144
Temple University, United States

42. Daniel MacArthur, @dgmacarthur, a group leader within the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit (ATGU) at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a research Affiliate at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
Citations: 6,884 K-index: 19
Total number of tweets: 15,600
Harvard Medical School, United States

41. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director, Center for SETI Research
Citations: 424 K-index: 48
Total number of tweets: 294
SETI Institute, United States

40. Matt Lieberman, a Professor and SCN Lab Director at UCLA Department of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.
Citations: 12,763 K-index: 16
Total number of tweets: 3,088
University of California, Los Angeles, United States

39. Paul Bloom, Psychologist
Citations: 14,135 K-index: 16
Total number of tweets: 1,973
Yale University, United States

38. Andrew Maynard, Environmental health scientist
Citations: 10,411 K-index: 18
Total number of tweets: 16,200
University of Michigan Risk Science Center, United States

37. Daniel Levitin, Neuroscientist
Citations: 5,688 K-index: 22
Total number of tweets: 3,036
McGill University, Canada

36. Daniel Gilbert, Psychologist
Citations: 26,752 K-index: 14
Total number of tweets: 1,294
Harvard University, United States

35. Bob Metcalfe, Computer scientist
Citations: 424 K-index: 55
Total number of tweets: 16,100
University of Texas, Austin, United States

34. Jean Francois Gariépy, Neuroscientist
Citations: 153 K-index: 82
Total number of tweets: 3,231
Duke University, United States

33. Pamela L. Gay, Astronomer
Citations: 238 K-index: 71
Total number of tweets: 12,700
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, United States

32. Mike Brown, Astronomer
Citations: 7,870 K-index: 24
Total number of tweets: 9,764
California Institute of Technology, United States

31. Gary King*, Statistician
Citations: 36,311 K-index: 16
Total number of tweets: 3,080
Harvard University, United States
Mike Brown

30. Jerry Coyne, Biologist
Citations: 16,657 K-index: 20
Total number of tweets: 7,711
University of Chicago, United States

29. Michael E. Mann*, Meteorologist
Citations: 15,049 K-index: 22
Total number of tweets: 20,000
Pennsylvania State University, United States

28. Robert Simpson, Astronomer
Citations: 2,280 K-index: 42
Total number of tweets: 11,500
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

27. Vaughan Bell, Neuroscientist
Citations: 821 K-index: 63
Total number of tweets: 10,900
King’s College London, United Kingdom

26. J. Craig Venter, Genomicist
Citations: 75,338 K-index: 15
Total number of tweets: 365
J. Craig Venter Institute, United States

25. Jonathan Eisen*, Biologist
Citations: 41,289 K-index: 19
Total number of tweets: 46,100
University of California, Davis, United States

24. Sebastian Thrun+, Computer scientist
Citations: 57,110 K-index: 17
Total number of tweets: 185
Stanford University, United States

23. Carolyn Porco, Planetary scientist
Citations: 2,717 K-index: 48
Space Science Institute, United States

22. Bruce Betts, Planetary scientist
Citations: 91 K-index: 155
The Planetary Society, United States

21. Robert Winston, Fertility scientist
Citations: 7,324 K-index: 43
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

20. Sean Carroll, Theoretical physicist
Citations: 14,208 K-index: 36
California Institute of Technology, United States

19. Marcus du Sautoy, Mathematician
Citations: 1,461 K-index: 77
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

18. Brian Greene, Theoretical physicist
Citations: 11,133 K-index: 45
Columbia University, United States

17. Eric Topol, Geneticist
Citations: 151,281 K-index: 23
The Scripps Research Institute, United States

16. Dan Ariely, Psychologist/behavioral economist
Citations: 16,307 K-index: 76
Duke University, United States

15. Oliver Sacks, Neurologist
Citations: 13,883 K-index: 83
New York University, United States

14. Atul Gawande, Surgeon/public health scientist
Citations: 13,763 K-index: 106
Harvard University, United States

13. Lawrence M. Krauss, Theoretical physicist
Citations: 10,155 K-index: 120
Arizona State University, United States

12. Richard Wiseman, Psychologist
Citations: 4,687 K-index: 207
University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

11. Steven Pinker, Cognitive scientist
Citations: 49,933 K-index: 103
Harvard University, United States

10. P.Z. Myers, Biologist
Citations: 1,364 K-index: 355
Total number of tweets: 25,400
University of Minnesota, Morris, United States

9. Tim Berners-Lee, Computer scientist
Citations: 51,204 K-index: 129
Total number of tweets: 542
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

8. Hans Rosling, Global health scientist
Citations: 1,703 K-index: 384
Total number of tweets: 2,708
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

7. Sam Harris, Neuroscientist
Citations: 2,416 K-index: 428
Total number of tweets: 2,600
Project Reason, United States

6. Michio Kaku, Theoretical physicist
Citations: 5,281
The City College of New York, United States

5. Phil Plait, Astronomer
Citations: 254
Bad Astronomy, United States

4. Ben Goldacre, Physician
Citations: 1,086
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

3. Richard Dawkins, Biologist
Citations: 49,631
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

2. Brian Cox, Physicist
Citations: 33,301
University of Manchester, United Kingdom

1. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist
Citations: 151
Hayden Planetarium, United States

What do you think about my top 50? Who would you put in your top 50? Join the discussion. Thank you , Olga Zhukovskaya- Senior Vice President and CIO, BnbData Consultancy Services for bringing this to our attention.

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