Péter Vinkler and Michel Zitt - Recipients of the 2009 Derek John de Solla Price Medal
And as most bibliometricians of their generation, Péter Vinkler
and Michel Zitt
too, started up their academic careers in other fields.
Michel Zitt is a veritable team worker.
is at home
in practically all relevant topics of scientomet-rics and although his
oeuvre gives the impression of being created by a pioneer in our field, he
actu-ally started his
career in scientometrics surprisingly late.
professional background is in engineering.
He holds a Ph.D in management science and a Docteur d'État (the highest doctoral degree in France) in economics.
has early become acquainted with interdisciplinary research environments.
first scientometric article dealt with the dynamic mapping of science based on a lexical approach and was published in 1991 in the journal Scientometrics
continued this research by suggesting the combination with co-citation analysis, which is, in a way, one of the ancestors of all contempo-rary hybrid methods in network analysis of science.
Michel Zitt's research
projects are characterised by both topicality and high standard.
usually works in stable teams, regularly with his wife, Elise Bassecoulard, with Rémi Barré and more recently with Suzy Ramanana-Rahary, but occasionally in collaboration with other promi-nent scientists abroad, for instance, with Yoshiko Okubo, Valentina Markusova, Henry Small and Ronald Rousseau.
At present, Michel Zitt is senior researcher at INRA (Lereco Lab, Nantes, France) and advisor for sci-entometrics and R&D at the Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques (OST, Paris, France).
The plethora of his
projects and commitments might suggest that there is little time left for privacy and leisure.
rare spare time Michel
is painting, as he
revealed in a recent interview4.
also loves literature and poetry and enjoys listening to music.
Péter and Michel, please accept my congratulations on this well deserved award.