Industry Invisibility? A Response to the Power List
Celebrating achievements in our community is admirable, but we must work to ensure that key contributors are not forgotten
Terry Berger | | Opinion
I am a regular reader of The Analytical Scientist’s Power List, but I feel there is a distinct gap in the 2019 edition that is deserving of comment. Of the 100 scientists listed, 92 are academics. What’s more, the industry and national lab folks included are largely those in management positions, who do not spearhead invention efforts themselves.
Though I understand the List is based on a survey of readers – many of whom may not be fully aware of the inner workings of industry – I fear that this format risks overlooking the greatest source of innovation and invention in the field. That’s not to say that those listed haven’t made incredible contributions – they have, and I personally know and am proud of many of them. But it is important to recognize that their work often stems from the seeds sown in industrial settings.
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