Dr. José Luis-Morán
Dr. José Luis Morán López was born in the city of Charcas in San Luis Potosí, Mexico in 1950. In 1972, he obtained a degree in Physics from the School of Physics at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí. He continued his studies at the Institute of Advanced Studies and Research at the National Polytechnic Institute where he obtained an M.A. in Theoretical Physics in 1974. He later traveled to Berlin where he undertook his Doctoral studies, obtaining the degree of Doctor Rerum Naturalium (Magna Cum Laude) in 1977.
Dr. Morán is currently a research fellow at the San Luis Potosí Institute for Scientific and Technological Research (IPICYT). Before returning to IPICYT he was a research fellow in the Physics Department at the UNAM Faculty of Sciences. He was the Founding Director of IPICYT. Prior to founding IPICYT in 2000 he was a research professor (level IV) in the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí’s Physics Institute. Previous to his renewed activity at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, he was a professor in the Physics Department at the Center for Advanced Studies and Research at the IPN in Mexico City. He was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley from 1977 to 1979. He has been a visiting professor in a number of institutions including the Free University of Berlin, Fluminense University and the University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, the Julich Center for Nuclear Research, RFA, and the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France.
Publications and Contributions
Dr. Morán has published over 210 scientific articles in magazines and books throughout the world, in addition to 40 articles and contributions to periodicals communicating scientific findings. He has been invited to write chapters for a variety of field-specific books. Likewise, he has edited nine books, two with the German publishing house Springer Verlag and seven with Plenum Press. He has coauthored one scientific book and one book for university specific use, both of which were published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica. Dr. Morán wrote the Fundamentals of Physics section in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems published by UNESCO. He is also coauthor of the Physics section in the Encyclopedia of Basic Knowledge recently published by UNAM.
Dr. Jose Luis Morán has participated as a guest speaker at several conferences on Solid-state Physics, especially regarding Surfaces, Magnetism and Phase Transition in Nanostructures and Systems of Restricted Dimensionality both in Mexico and abroad.
He lends his expertise to magazines such as: Physical Review B, Surface Science, Solid State Communications, Physics Letters A, Nanostructured Materials, Revista Mexicana de Física, Thin Solid Films, and to research projects at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the Chilean National Commission on Scientific and Technological Research, Spain’s Interministerial Commission on Science and Technology, the Third World Academy of Sciences, the Colombian Institute for the Development of Science and Technology and the Argentinean National Council of Scientific and Technological Research. Additionally, Dr. Morán has been an expert member on a variety of committees for the Mexican National Science and Technology Council.
Dr. Morán was the founding President of the Mexican Surface and Space Science Society (1983-1985), Vice-President of the Mexican Physics Society (1986.1987) and President of the same society from 1994-1996. In September of 1995 he was elected as founding President for the Mexican Federation of Scientific Societies and in November of the same year he became President of the Latin American Federation of Physics Societies.
From 1996-2000, Dr. Morán was the Editorial Director of the Revista Mexicana de Física. In January, 1998 he was named President of the Editorial Committee of the series Science in the New Millennium, Extended Essays from Latin American Science Networks. Thereafter, in May of 1999, he was invited to be honorary editor for the Physics section of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems published by UNESCO. Since 2000, Dr. Morán has been a member of the General Committee for Scientific and Technological Work at the Fondo de Cultura Económica publishing house.
The 1984 John Simon Guggenheim Research Grant was awarded to Dr. Morán in New York. He was a research associate at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste where he later became Senior Associate in 1991. The Academy of Scientific Research (now AMC) awarded him the National Mathematical Sciences Award in 1985. In 1988, the American State Organization conferred the Manuel Noriega Morales Award in Mathematical Sciences on him. In 1990 his work earned him the C.V. Raman Award from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. He belonged to the Governing Board for the National System of Researchers from 1990-1993, and in 1991 was elected as a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences in Trieste, Italy.
In 1992 Dr. Morán received the Alexander von Humboldt Research Grant in Germany. His contributions were recognized for their high quality by the American Physical Society when he was named Fellow in November 1993, an honor few other Mexican physicists have shared. CONACYT also honored him with the highest Teaching Excellence award in 1994. In December of the following year he was given the Marcos Moshinsky Medal, honoring his contributions to Theoretical Physics. The National Arts and Sciences Award for Mathematical and Natural Sciences was given to Dr. Morán in 1996. Since then he has been a member of the Presidential Science Advisory Council. He was on the Board of Directors of the National Research System from 2000-2002. In November of 2003 he was chosen to be Treasurer of the Third World Academy of Sciences in the city of Trieste, Italy. In November of 2005 he was given an award for the Development of Physics in Mexico by the Mexican Physics Society. He was reelected Treasurer at TWAS in September of 2006 and held the position for two years. In April of 2012 he was distinguished as Chairman of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is currently a member of the Ruling Committee at the Center for Applied Physics and Advanced Technology (2010-2014), and the Physical Sciences Institute (2013-2016) at the UNAM. His most recent achievement is as President of the Science Committee of the International Sciences Council (ICSU) for Central America and the Caribbean (2012-2016).
Activities Favoring the Decentralization of Scientific Research
In addition to his academic work mentioned above, it is important to note the work Dr. Morán has undertaken to promote the decentralization of scientific research. Since returning from abroad in 1980, Dr. Morán has collaborated closely with the Physics Institute at his alma mater, the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí. Since that time he has actively supported the creation of a group of physicists who work outside of Mexico City. His initiative was strengthened when it was incorporated into the IF-UASLP and for the next fifteen years the institute continued to establish itself until today, with Dr. Morán’s help, the IF-UASLP is one of the strongest in the country. During this process Dr. Morán initiated a tradition of and environment for science at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí.
With encouragement from Dr. Morán, the Governor of San Luis Potosí, Horacio Sànchez Unzueta, founded the state office for the furthering of science and technology in 1996. The office is called the San Luis Potosí Council for Science and Technology; Dr. Morán was its first General Director. From this position, Dr. Morán was able to undertake many important tasks including the creation of the San Luis Potosí Institute for Scientific and Technological Research on November 24, 2000. In order to found the Institute Dr. Morán won government support from all levels, municipal through federal. Under his leadership, the IPICYT quickly become one of Mexico’s leading institutions. Dr. Morán added the National Center for Computer Science to IPICYT in 2004.