|TITLE||Prof. Nam Gyu PARK was selected for “2017 Potential recipients of the Nobel Prize"|
Clarivate Analytics announced its 2017 Citation Laureates
The only known Korean awardee, Prof. PARK is receiving recognition for his study on highly efficient perovskite materials
Clarivate Analytics recently announced its 2017 Citation Laureates. Each year since 2002, analysts at Clarivate Analytics have mined millions of citations in the Web of Science to identify top-tier researchers in physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry – fields recognized by the Nobel Prizes in science. It also names Citation Laureates in economics, since the Swedish National Bank established an award in this domain, in memory of Alfred Nobel, in 1968.
Citation Laureates are scientists and economists whose publications have been cited so often by their colleagues – and thus who have been so influential – that they are forecast as potential recipients of the Nobel Prize in this year or in the future.
This year, Clarivate selected 22 researchers for their ‘2017 Citation Laureates’ and Prof. Nam Gyu PARK at SKKU School of Chemical Engineering was the only known Korean awardee. He is receiving recognition for his study on highly efficient perovskite materials. Below is Prof. PARK's interview.
“It is my honor to be selected as a potential Nobel Prize awardee”
Although I have not yet been selected as a Nobel Prize winner, it is a great honor to have my name on the list of researchers expected to receive a Nobel Prize. There is no special secret to obtaining this kind of result. To be honest, I think that research is interesting and enjoyable. It’s always a pleasure to discover new things and to challenge oneself to be the first and the best. Above all, I am fortunate to have been able to conduct research in the field of solar cells for more than 20 years. I have been able to meet outstanding researchers from all over the world and had many opportunities to collaborate with them because I have been conducting research in only one field. Today’s research results would not have been possible without the help or cooperation of the students and researchers around the world who have collaborated with me.
Korean Nobel Prize Winner
It seems that the whole nation thinks it’s a pity that a Nobel Prize has not come out of Korea yet, and that we have no Nobel Prize winners compared to our neighboring country Japan. However, compared to other places like Japan and Europe, Korea does not have a long history in the field of science and technology. As many Nobel Prize winners and countries have done, at the foundation of every field we will need a culture that waits for long research periods and does not demand results in a short period of time. Most researchers in Korea are pouring all of their passion into their research and hoping that the results of their research will elevate the nation’s status and contribute to the happiness of humankind.
Suggested direction for research development
For long-term academic advancement, it will be necessary to create an environment where researchers can be at ease and enjoy their research. There is a need to develop measures such as strengthening rewards for researchers to create more valuable research results. We also need large-scale group research such as the Global Frontier project, and we need to discover excellent researchers by further expanding creative tasks that help individual researchers conduct creative research. Above all, continuous development of science and technology is possible in a culture where scientists are respected and researchers take pride in their studies.
The need for global researchers
Science and technology are progressing exponentially in the 21st century. We are living in an era where new technologies are constantly emerging and existing technologies are rapidly disappearing. We need researchers to be able to plan out the present and accurately perceive the future society. No new technology is created overnight. Multiple improvements can create an entirely new kind of technology. When integrated knowledge in one field is combined with surrounding technology, completely new technologies can be created. In order for all of this to be possible, we should break down the walls between individual researchers and countries and conduct joint research. I think that the life of the technology we have developed today is not so long, and I am confident that if we continually challenge ourselves, we can create a lot of outstanding new technologies.
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