Awardees of the Derek J. de Solla Price medal
- 1984 Eugene Garfield
- 1985 Michael J. Moravscik
- 1986 Tibor Braun
- 1987 Vasiliy V. Nalimov and Henry Small
- 1988 Francis Narin
- 1989 Bertram C. Brookes and Jan Vlachý
- 1993 Andras Schubert
- 1995 Anthony F.J. van Raan and Robert K. Merton
- 1997 John Irvine & Ben Martin (jointly) and Belver C. Griffith
- 1999 Wolfgang Glänzel and Henk F. Moed
- 2001 Leo Egghe and Ronald Rousseau
- 2003 Loet Leydesdorff
- 2005 Peter Ingwersen and Howard D. White
- 2007 Kate McCain
- 2009 Michel Zitt and Péter Vinkler
- 2011 Olle Persson
- 2013 Blaise Cronin
A short biography
Price, Derek John de Solla (1922 - 1983), UK
Derek de Solla Price was born in Leyton, near London (UK) and obtained a Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of London in 1946. After a three-year teaching assignment at Raffles College (Singapore), he
returned to England and obtained a second doctorate, now in the history of science. He successively worked at Princeton and the Smithsonian Institute. At Yale, where he remained until his death, he was appointed
Avalon professor of history of science. He studied the exponential growth of science and the half-life of scientific literature. In a famous article "Networks for scientific papers' he drew attention to the
interactive communication patterns of scientists, as shown by citations to each other's work. His article on cumulative advantage processes, interpreting Herbert Simon's theory, earned him the best JASIS paper award
(1976). He is a pioneer and outstanding figure of the sociology of science and has been called 'the father of scientometrics'. In 1984 he received, posthumously, the ASIS Research Award for outstanding contributions
in the field of information science.
Price D.J. de Solla (1963). Little science, big science. Columbia University Press: New York and London.
Price D.J. de Solla (1965). Networks of scientific papers. Science, 149: 510-515.
Price D.J. de Solla (1976). A general theory of bibliometric and other cumulative advantage processes. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 27: 292-306.