Dr. Francis Narin

Since founding CHI in 1968, Dr. Francis Narin's work has defined the leading edge of science and technology evaluation. He has led the way through four generations of evaluation work. He started with the analysis of science in the 1970s, before developing evaluations of patents in the 1980s. He then went on to show the links between science and technology in the 1990s, and has recently revealed the relationship between patented technology and stock market performance. In each of these areas, he has been at the forefront of new developments and, in the financial area, he is a co-inventor on CHI's patent for selecting stock portfolios based on technology indicators.

Dr. Narin is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on science and technology analysis, and he has acted as an expert witness in patent litigation. He has also presented his work at many meetings and conferences around the world. His recent speaking engagements include the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the Licensing Executives Society and the Council for Chemical Research. His work with CHI has also been widely reported in the press, including the New York Times, Business Week, and the MIT Technology Review. Overall, he has published more than 125 research papers in a variety of journals, including the Financial Analysts Journal, Review of Economics & Statistics, Research Policy, and Patent World. In 1988, he was awarded the Derek de Solla Price Medal for his outstanding contributions to quantitative studies of science.

Prior to establishing CHI, Dr. Narin worked at the IIT Research Institute, where he was Senior Scientist and Manager of the Techno-Social Research Center. During this time, he was Principal Investigator on the ground-breaking TRACES (Technology in Retrospect and Critical Events in Science) study, in which he developed many of the science and technology evaluation tools used today. Also prior to CHI, he worked for four years at Los Alamos National Laboratories. While there, he programmed an extensive digital simulation of nuclear rocket system dynamics and directed a large-scale digital data processing system.

Dr. Narin has a B.S. in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College; an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State College; and a Ph.D. in Bibliometrics from Walden University.