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Keywords:

  • History of science;
  • impact analysis;
  • science citation index

Abstract

In this study the long-term impact of the works of Paul Drude has been analyzed by bibliometric methods. His overall citation impact and rank within the pre-1910 authors in chemistry and physics has been determined. The time-dependent number of mentions of his name, the overall citation impact and the citation numbers of single articles and books have been investigated. The impact time curves of his most frequently cited articles and books are presented and discussed. The scientific contributions of the most influential Drude works for solid state physics are analyzed, in particular their impact on recent research.