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Two top researchers at Heriot-Watt have been named in a list representing the world’s most influential scientific minds.

Professor Vicki Stone and Professor Cheng-Xiang Wang were both titled in the 2017 Highly Cited Researcher list, which celebrates human knowledge.

Professor Stone was listed as one of the top 1 per cent most cited works in the field of pharmacology and toxicology while Professor Cheng-Xiang Wang made the list for his highly cited works in wireless technology.

On receiving the acclaimed award, Professor Stone said: “This is a fabulous title and I’m very proud to receive such an accolade.

“Heriot-Watt is a truly global university with enormous knowledge in academia.”

Professor Wang added: “This is the first time I’ve been named on this list and it has a lot of impact for future grant funding. It also helps with the University’s rankings. It's a very proud achievement."

Professor Stone has published over 150 publications on the subject of particle toxicology over the last 18 years and is the Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University and an Honorary Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine.

She provided evidence for government commissioned reports on Environmental Pollution, has sat on a UK Government Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution and on an advisory board for US Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology. The academic was also Editor-in-chief for the journal Nanotoxicology from 2006-2011.

Professor Cheng-Xiang Wang is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.

Professor Wang received the BSc and MEng degrees in Communication and Information Systems from Shandong University, China, in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and the PhD degree in Wireless Communications from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2004.

He has been with Heriot-Watt University since 2005 and became a Professor in Wireless Communications in 2011. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, UK, a Chair Professor of Shandong University, and a Guest Professor of Southeast University, China.

He has co-authored two books, one book chapter and over 300 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Professor Wang has served as an editor for 9 international journals.