De Azcarraga, Jose A.


Jose A. de Azcarraga

He was born in 1941, and he holds a degree in Physical Sciences from the UNIV. Complutense (1963) and a Doctorate from Univ. of Barcelona (1968). He has spent extended research stays abroad, especially at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, where he stayed for half a dozen years, and in other European and North American centers. Since 1978 he has been Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Univ. of Valencia (currently emeritus) and a member of the IFIC (CSIC-UVEG); previously belonged to Univ. Barcelona and Salamanca.

He has published some 180 scientific articles in international journals and directed a dozen doctoral theses. He has been the author and editor of several books (published by Cambridge Univ. World Scientific and by Springer Verlag). He has been an uninterrupted Principal Investigator of competitive research projects from 1978 to 2014, as well as the Valencia node in international collaborations.

He is a referee of scientific journals and evaluator of national and foreign R&D agencies. He was awarded the Juan March Foundation Award (1967) and the Research Award from the Polish Ministry of Education and Science (2003). He belongs to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Physics Journals. He is a member of the American Physical Soc., the European Physical Society (and the EPS Council), the International Association of Mathematics and Physics and the Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF), of which he is its current President.

He has had numerous academic responsibilities: Dtor. Department of Theoretical Physics of the Univ. Salamanca (1974-78), and of the Univ. Valencia (1978–81); member of the Univ. Member of the Third Cycle Commission at Valencia (1989–96).

He has been the creator and coordinator of Erasmus exchanges (1992-96, 98-2004) with Univ. of Paris XI and the Imperial College London; a member of the Univ Cloister. Valencia for more than twenty years, etc. Finally, he belonged to the Committee of Experts, which issued the Proposals for Reform and Improvement Report of the Spanish University System on 12th February 2013.

Prof. Azcarraga has always maintained the concern of bringing science closer to society, which he has done throughout his career giving countless outreach conferences in very diverse forums. He received the World Physics Award (2005), awarded by the RSEF, Real Sociedad Española de Matematicas (RSME) and by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), for his book On Albert Einstein, His Science and His Time (Pub. Service. Univ. Valencia, 2nd ed., 2006).

He also has artistic interests: he has been the promoter, together with the City Council of Valencia, of the Adolfo de Azcarraga Art Room of the Museum of the City, dedicated mainly to Valencian painting of the XXth Century.