Researcher in hot seat

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 April, 2005, 12:00am

A Hong Kong researcher has won the accolade of the world's 'hottest researcher' in a newsletter published by Thomson Scientific, a firm that analyses international research publications.

Science Watch awarded the title to Malik Peiris, a researcher in the University of Hong Kong's department of microbiology, in its March/April edition for nine highly-cited papers on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Professor Malik played a key role in discovering the SARS virus.

Professor Kwok Yung- yuen, also of HKU's microbiology department, and Wilina Lim, a virologist with the Department of Health, were also listed among 16 top-ranking researchers around the world for having a large number of citations of their research. Both had seven highly-cited papers.