TS Picks: Remembering Eugene Garfield

A look back at the contributions of The Scientist’s founder, scientometrics pioneer Eugene Garfield (1925–2017)

Joshua A. Krisch
Feb 27, 2017

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  • Eugene Garfield began what would become an illustrious career in the sciences studying chemistry at Columbia University in New York City, where “I wasn’t very good or happy,” he told The Scientist in 2005. “There were a number of explosions and I was advised to look for other work.” He began looking, and found his answer at an American Chemical Society conference. “I heard people talking about literature searching and I found out they were making a living doing this stuff,” Garfield said. “So I went up to the chairman of the meeting and said, ‘How do you get a job in this racket?”
     
  • In 1986, Garfield founded The Scientist as a newspaper for science professionals. In 1996, he reflected in an editorial that “the paper’s mission remains the same. Yet so much about the publication...