Research On Scientific Success Expands On Dean Simonton's Findings
“It’s very impressive, what they’ve done, the size of the sample,” Simonton told the Times. “I have looked at the upper end of achievement; they have gone bottom-up, and found similar results” applying to an entire profession.
Simonton, who did not contribute to the study on scientists’ success, has long researched the nature and origins of creative genius. He had found that a similar mix of traits was behind the success of very top performers in a variety of work, including music composition, film, psychology and technical invention.