I was reading about the field of "energy economics" and found it fascinating that there is a list of "top 20" authors:
At first this seemed strange: What does it even mean to be the #4 best energy economist?
However they seem to have a rigorous procedure for evaluating people's research based on several criteria, and they update the results between the 3rd and 5th days of each month.
They also have "top author" lists specifically for women, young people, deceased, and by where they graduated:
I'm fascinated by the level of detail with which I can search and sort:
Do we have something like this for people that model matter?
How about for any field of computational/theoretical (bio)chemistry/physics?
Four of the top researchers in our field have been mentioned on Academia Stack Exchange in a "fun" answer, but it was based on ad hoc criteria involving h-index, age, and perhaps personal opinion: Surely we can do better.