March 2019

Award of ‘Fisico de Excelencia’ presented on November, 26, 2018 in Madrid by the ‘Colegio de Físicos’ (CoFis) of Spain.

Nominated by my colleague from the university days (1964-1969), Emilio Aréchaga, I was honored by the ‘Colegio de Físicos’ of Spain with the title of ‘Físico de Excelencia’ due to my professional career. This was an unexpected honor. The ceremony took place in Madrid on November 26, 2018 in connection to the CONAMA2018 conference. I was unable to attend on a short notice and I was asked to prepare a brief video of introduction. Recently, I was also asked to submit a brief written summary for publication on the March 2019 issue of the Boletin Informativo del Colegio de Físicos.

I am attaching the brief summary (in Spanish) that you could download, if you are interested. At the end, you can find a link to the video of the entire award ceremony. My video presentation to the audience in Madrid begins approximately at minute 53. My colleague and friend Emilio Aréchaga received the award on my name. I am profoundly grateful to the CoFis for this honor. I do hope that my professional trajectory inspires other future young scientists that are currently at the university classrooms all over the world to pursue their professional dreams and to maximize their human potential for the benefit of the future generations.  The brief biographical summary has been recently published in the March 2019 issue of the Boletín mentioned above (last page):

An expanded and more technical review (in English) of my professional trajectory can be found in the article published in the journal Arbor of the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) published in 2015, in connection with the 100th anniversary of the ‘birth’ of crystallography (1914) [PDF] when WH and WL Bragg (father and son)  unveiled, for the  first time, the atomic structure of NaCl (and other related halides), using the diffraction of Rayos X by the crystals of this substance.