Moya de Guerra, Elvira


Elvira Moya de Guerra

Maiden name Elvira Moya Valgañón.

Elvira pioneered the field of Theoretical Nuclear Physics in Spain, and more generally the area of Physics: Science and Technology as she was the first woman physicist to gain a university full professor position in 1982 in a complex context, competing with eight male colleagues, with her as the only woman and winner. Her unquestionable pioneering role in Spain and her leadership in Nuclear Physics have been recognized in Spain and abroad. She has been the first theoretical physicist to work under a scientific research contract at the Center for Theoretical Physics and at the Laboratory for Nuclear Science in MIT (USA). She was also the first woman to become a member of the Board of Directors of ECT* (European Center for Theoretical Physics and related Areas) and of NuPEEC (Nuclear Physics European Coordination Committee). Also Elvira has been the first woman scientist in Spain to obtain two prestigious national and international recognitions: APS Fellow (USA), elected among european members of the American Physical Society (2005), Medal RSEF-BBVA Foundation (2008), gold medal of the Royal Spanish Physics Society.

She has received many other distinctions. Among the more salient and recent international ones: Member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for FAIR and FAIR-GSI (Alemania), Member of the Experts Committees for Professor selection at the Stockholm University (KTH, U. Stockholm, Sweden); Nobel Prize Committee Consultant for Physics; Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics (UK). She has served to many national Scientific Committees, of which we only mention a few. Selected by the CSIC President to serve at the Scientific Advisory Committee of CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas); selected also as Vice-Chairman and as Chairman, respectively, of the Physics evaluation Committees ANECA and CNEAI. Member of the Juries for the Physics National Prize, and for the gold medal and junior prizes of RSEF. Elvira was born in 1947 in Albacete, within the sein of a family of intellectuals retaliated under Franco’s dictatorship. She studied in La Rioja and in Zaragoza, obtaining a PhD in Physics at UniZar in 1974. That year she went to USA to make her Postdoc at the Center for Theoretical Physics of MIT with a fellowship from GIFT (Spain), for 2 years, and continued working there under a contract from Bates Lab (MIT) till September 1979, when she decided to move back to Madrid for family reasons. In addition to Nuclear Physics Full Professor at 3 universities (UAM, UnEx and UCM) she has been Professor of Research at the National Research Council (CSIC) for 20 years, and has been the director of research groups and Physics Departments in these institutions. She is at present Emeritus Professor at UCM.

She has made groundbreaking contributions to the field of microscopic theories of Nuclear Structure and Electroweak processes, her pioneering works on deformed nuclei and relativistic effects are worldwide known. At present she studies the nature of dark matter and ways to detect it. She made around 300 scientific publications (around 200 in the most prestigious journals in her field) and is one of the women scientists with more citations in her field. She has been invited as visiting professor and/or to give seminars in most Spanish universities and in many foreign ones: MIT, Duke, Rutgers (USA); ORSAY, Saclay, Sorbona (Francia); CERN (Suiza); Lovaina (Bélgica); NBI (Dinamarca); KTH, Gotteborg (Suecia); (Finlandia); NIKHEF (Holanda); Tubingen, Hannover, Bonn, GSI (Alemania); Mc Master, Toronto (Canada); Bulgarian and Rumanian Science Academies; Catania, Roma, Torino (Italia); Birmingham, Wolverhampton (UK).