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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 22 (2017) pp 165-171

Eugene Garfield, Scientometics Pioneer (19252017), Obituary

George B. Kauffman*

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published: 18 October 2017

Abstract. Eugene Garfield, who originated the field of citation analysis, died on Sunday, February 26, 2017 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Meher (née Mistry), three sons, a daughter, a stepdaughter, two granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren. He founded the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in 1955. In addition to ISI’s Science Citation Index (a system used to chart connections between pieces of scientific literature that later became accessible electronically via the Web of Science), Garfield launched Current Contents, an early effort that sought to compile important information on the scientific literature. He founded The Scientist in 1986 as a news magazine for researchers.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Biography; Scientometrics; Institute for Scientific Information; Current Contents; The Scientist magazine

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