Obituary Eugene Garfield


Dear colleagues,


Recently, the inventor of the Science Citation Index, now the Web of Science, passed away. Garfield was instrumental in the creation of the quantitative study of science and technology. He also played a role in the early years of 4S with respect to science studies and the history of science, in collaboration with Derek de Solla Price and Robert Merton.


We paid tribute to Eugene Garfield in two obituaries.


The first was published a few days after Gene passed away with personal reflections by Ton van Raan and myself:


The second was published in Nature today:



with regards,



Paul Wouters

Professor of Scientometrics
Director Centre for Science and Technology Studies
Leiden University

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