E index of Linus Pauling (1901 – 1994)

This is 556,928, A = 655.21, B = 850, h = 106, publications from 1920 to 1988, a total of sixty eight years of continuous publication. His total number of citations is 78,252, of which 68,797 occur in the 105 h index papers, so his A = 68,797/105 = 655.21. The citations are dominated completely by one book, “The Nature of the Chemical Bond”, cited 23,766 times. Chemistry Nobel Prize 1954, Peace Nobel prize 1962. This compares with my A = 130.18, B = 1638, h = 39, E = 213,235 over forty two years of publication, plus scientometrics indicating tens of millions of readings. Pauling was a visitor to Sommerfeld’s group and one of the most eminent pioneers of quantum mechanics applied to chemistry. Pauling was forced to resign from Caltech because of his political views. He was a great (and not altogether healthy) influence on my Ph. D. supervisor Mansel Davies, who had a jar of ascorbic acid or Vitamin C on his desk, and a deflagrating spoon which he used to eat raw ascorbic acid. I thought that this was not real science, and much of Pauling’s later work is in my opinion pseudoscience. I think that virtually all of Hawking’s work and much of standard physics is pseudoscience. Nevertheless Pauling’s early work is still very influential. Pauling introduces the modern era in publication, where an output of a thousand or more papers and books (essentially by a large group) occurs quite often. My own output is currently 1,638, probably a world record. Added to that are nearly 23,000 blog postings, but I do not count those in calculating the E index. My analysis so far shows that the Hirsch h index has very little meaning, but the website scientometrics are accurate and most valuable for science history when carefully archived. They show the REAL influence of an individual scientist.

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