Nature: The world's top ten telescopes revealed.
It doesn't take a big mirror to have a big impact. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project conducted with a modest 2.5-metre-wide telescope in New Mexico, performed the most highly cited science in 2006, according to a new analysis of the top ten 'high impact' astronomical observatories.Nevermind if the assumptions and conclusions are wrong. As long as you're cited frequently, that makes you good. Since Ptolemy has been cited for over 2000 years, he's obviously the greatest scientist who's ever lived.
"It measures how hot the science of the telescope is," says Juan Madrid of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, of the top-ten table he has released for most years since 1998. "In a way it measures how good the time-allocation committee is and how good the telescope is. I will also say it measures how good the scientists are."