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Derek de Solla Price Memorial Medal Awardee 2013

Blaise Cronin is Rudy Professor of Information Science at Indiana University, where for 19 years he was Dean of the School of Library and Information Science, and concurrently Honorary Visiting Professor at both City University London and Edinburgh Napier University. From 1985-1991 he was Professor of Information Science and Head of the Department of Information Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.  For more than 30 years he has been conducting research in the areas of scholarly communication, scientific collaboration, citation analysis, and the academic reward system. In addition, he has published widely on other subjects, including information warfare, strategic intelligence and digital pornography. Among his books are: The Citation Process (1983), Elements of Information Management (1991, with Elisabeth Davenport), The Scholar’s Courtesy (1995), The Web of Knowledge (2000, co-edited with Helen Barsky Atkins), The Hand of Science (2005) and Beyond Bibliometrics (forthcoming, co-edited with Cassidy Sugimoto). Cronin is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and for 10 years was Editor of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin (M.A.) and the Queen’s University of Belfast (Ph.D., D.S.Sc.). In 1997 he was awarded an honorary D.Litt. by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. In 2006 he received the Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Society’s highest honor. His musings on life in a campus town are to be found in Bloomington Days: Town and Gown in Middle America