Each year, Thomson Reuters releases its list of Citation Laureates before the Nobel Prize winners are announced -- but the list doesn't necessarily aim to predict that particular year's winners. Its goal is to celebrate researchers who have the potential to one day win a Nobel Prize in the categories of chemistry, economics, medicine, or physics. Thomson Reuters started its annual Citation Laureates list in 2002. Since then, David Pendlebury, lead analyst in the program, and his team have used the company's Web of Science, which has more than 60 million papers, to name potential future Nobel Prize winners. There are always more people of Nobel Prize-caliber than can be named Citation Laureates, but there are more people of Nobel Prize-caliber than can win that prize too.
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