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Jeremy Nicholson

Director, Australian National Phenome Center, Professor of Medicine, Pro-vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Murdoch University; Emeritus Professor of Biological Chemistry, Imperial College London

Qualities of an innovative thinker? There is no single quality that leads people to be innovators, that’s why innovation is difficult to do and especially to teach. Scientific curiosity is a fundamental quality that drives an innovative thinker to explore and seek knowledge. leading to the discovery of new connections and possibilities. This usually works best in individuals with diverse educational and scientific backgrounds where a lot of unusual connections are already latent in their thought processes. Off-the-wall or non-linear thinkers usually have a renegade streak in them that leads to the rejection of traditional patterns of thought, to challenge assumptions, and explore unconventional ideas. Innovation often requires revolution and that results in opposition from traditionalists and linear thinkers. Thus, tenacity is also a crucial quality for innovators, as it enables them to continue in the face of challenges, learn from their failures, and stay focused on their goals until the rest of the world is ready to receive and understand their message. However, being too far ahead of the curve is always tough.

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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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