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Ian Wilson

Professor of Drug Metabolism and Molecular Toxicology, Imperial College London, UK

Qualities of an innovative thinker? If I were Mark Twain, I would probably say something like “laziness combined with intelligence and ambition” – such a person will find the quickest and simplest way to achieve their aims… But I’m not a truly innovative thinker like Mark Twain was!

Picking a problem… These days the problems tend to find me! Otherwise, I find that looking at one or two past problems that couldn’t be solved with technology available at the time, provides some interesting opportunities. 

Making the most out of your invention… Finding the right applications. There is no point in inventing/innovating if there is no practical use for the product.

Most exciting development or trend? For me, it’s the combination of highly efficient LC linked to ion mobility and mass spectrometry. Exploring what this combination can do with applications in omics and drug metabolism will keep me very busy for the next few years…

Biggest challenge facing the field? The explosion of journal numbers, and their desperate need for manuscripts, means that a lot of nonsense is getting into print….

Book for scientists? “The Double Helix”(James D. Watson) or alternatively “The Voyage of the Beagle” (Charles Darwin), or, if you want a good laugh instead I can recommend  “Dancing Naked in the Mindfield” by Cary Mullis (completely bonkers and he still managed to get a Nobel Prize!).

Part of the Power List 2021

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Welcome to our annual celebration of the world’s most influential analytical scientists!

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Around the World in 60 Scientists

The Power List is back, and this time we’re taking you on a trip that circles the globe – one analytical scientist at a time!

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The Magnificent Tens

The Magnificent Tens
After 2016’s celebration of women in analytical science, we return to the Top 100 for 2017.
But there’s a twist. This summer, we asked you to nominate scientists in ten categories – from the stars of separation science, to omics explorers, to the mentors training the next generation.

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100 reasons to be proud

Welcome to The Power List 2015 – our second foray into the Top 100 most influential people in the world of analytical science. Though we realize our list can (and should) never be definitive, who can argue that the faces within – both familiar and new – do not beautifully highlight the brilliance and diversity found within our sometimes undervalued field?

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100 most influential people

That’s the question we posed to ourselves – and then to you – over two months ago, ahead of open nominations and a painstaking judging process. Here, without further ado, we celebrate the answer.

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