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Richard N. Zare

Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Natural Science, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, USA

Raising the field’s profile… Emphasize that measurement is at the heart of all experimental work, that what we regard as truth is based on observation, and that a measurement with no estimate of its uncertainty does not constitute an acceptable measurement. Analytical chemistry is about chemical measurement, and in that sense so many more researchers are doing analytical chemistry than is commonly appreciated. 

The decade’s most important development? I think it will turn out to be the importance of machine learning in aiding chemical analysis, although I do not believe that this point of view is widely appreciated at this time.

Biggest challenge? Simply put, gaining more respect for analytical science’s importance to understanding nature.

Part of the Power List 2017

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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