Kennesaw State professor ranked as No. 1 physicist by INSPIRE database (Marietta Daily Journal)


KENNESAW, Ga. (May 11, 2018) — For fans of the CBS hit "The Big Bang Theory" Nikolaos Kidonakis is their real-life Sheldon. Unlike the fictional Caltech scientist, however, this Kennesaw State University theoretical particle physics professor (and genuine Caltech grad) has gained international recognition by CERN physicists in their newly released "Biblioranking fundamental physics."

Kidonakis is ranked as the No. 1 physicist, since 2010, in fundamental physics in a worldwide comprehensive study by CERN physicists who use the open-source INSPIRE bibliographic database to rank papers and physicists around the world. CERN stands for the European Laboratory for Particle Physics.

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