The March 14 issue of the journal Science reported that Eric S. Lander, professor of biology and director of the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research, was tied for fourth on a list of scientists who have published the most "hot papers" over the last two years. The list was compiled by the Institute for Scientific Advancement in Philadelphia, which used a "hot paper algorithm" based on number of citations and the prestige of the journals in which the papers are published. Professor Lander and five other scientists each had five "hot papers." Roger J. Davis of the University of Massachusetts and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute was alone in first place with 11.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 3, 1997.