The University of Western Australia’s Professor Stephen Powles FAA FTSE has become a Web of Science Highly Cited Scientist (HiSci), joining an exclusive group of researchers worldwide.
This means he is in the top one per cent most cited scientists globally across 21 category disciplines.
In Professor Powles’ discipline, agricultural science, there are 156 HiSci’s in the world. Six of these are from Australia, and of these, Professor Powles is the only crop and weed scientist.
He says it’s very satisfying to have such quantifiable recognition by his peers.
“As I am in the twilight of my research career this award of HiCi is meaningful for our research team and co-authors and for my university more than it is for me personally,” he says of the effect this achievement will have on his career.
Professor Powles is the Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative and is an international authority on all things herbicide resistance in plants, from biochemistry to the farm.
But his biggest achievement of his career to date, he says, is having a “sixth sense” of being able to identify where to invest research efforts on important, real world issues.
“And then marshalling resources and people to do good, relevant research aimed at solutions.”
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