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Ruedi Aebersold

Professor of Molecular Systems Biology, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Raising the field’s profile…“When you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind" is a quote attributed to Lord Kelvin. In essence it states that at the root of scientific investigations are data, frequently generated by analytical science and technology. This notion is reinforced if we follow advances in many fields of research including chemistry, physics, atmospheric science and the life sciences. In recent years the impact of analytical sciences in the life sciences has been particularly impressive. Advanced fluorescent imaging techniques were the basis for sequencing the genome, cryoEM single particle analysis indicates the structure of biomolecules at atomic resolution and mass spectrometric techniques have made great inroads towards the exploration of the many layers of information of the proteome. Following Lord Kelvin’s quote the profile of analytical science could therefore be raised by highlighting not just the performance metrics of analytical methods but rather their contributions to shaping the understanding of the world we live in.

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The Top 100

This year we’ve returned to our Top 100 format for The Power List, showcasing the tremendous range of talent, ingenuity and leadership present across all corners of analytical science on a global scale.

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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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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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