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Carlos Bustamante

University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Carlos Bustamante received a BS in 1981 from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima (Peru) anda PhD in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley (USA). Since 1994, he has held an appointment as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He is professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, physics and chemistry at UC Berkeley and head of the Advanced Microscopies Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Bustamante has received numerous awards and holds several advisory roles within UC Berkeley and the larger scientific community.

Juan Colmenero

Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal HerrikoUnibertsitatea (Spain)
Centro de Física de Materiales, Centro Mixto CSIC-UPV/EHU
Donostia International Physics Center

Juan Colmenero is professor at the Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Spain). He has been visiting professor at IFF Forschungszen- trum Jülich (Germany) and has been on numerous international scientific committees, most notably Institut Laue-Langevin (France) and the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science. He is also member of the editorial boards of the Colloid & Polymer Science, Journal of Polymer Science Part Band Polymer Physics. His work has earned him a number of distinctions including Premio Xabier María Munibe en Ciencia y Tecnología (1998) and Premio Euskadi de Investi- gación (2000) granted by the Basque government, and a medal from the Real Sociedad Española de Física(2003).

Albert Fert

Université Paris-Sud (France)
Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales

Albert Fert received master’s degrees in mathematics and physics from the École Normale Supérieure (France) and in 1970 he earned a PhD in physical science from the Université Paris-Sud. Since 1976 Fert has been professor at Université Paris-Sud and in 1995 became scientific director of the joint laboratory, Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, a collaboration between the Centre national de la recherche scientifique and Thales Group. He is also an adjunct professor of physics at Michigan State University (USA). In 1988 Fert discovered the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect in multilayers of iron and chromium which is recognized as the birth of spin transport electronics or “spintronics”. GMR was simultaneously and independently discovered by Peter Grünberg at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany). For the discovery of the giant magnetoresistance effect, Fert was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Peter Grünberg.

Félix Goñi

Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal HerrikoUnibertsitatea (Spain)
Biophysics Unit, Centro Mixto CSIC-UPV/EHU

Felix Goñi holds a PhD in medicine and surgeryfrom the the Universidad de Navarra (Spain). He completed his studiesat the University of London (UK). Since 1984 he has been senior lecturerof biochemistry and molecular biology at the Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Spain). From 1995-1999 he served as director of scientific policy for the Basque ministry of education, universities and research, and later became guest lecturer at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada).Between 1994 and 1998 he was also president of the Sociedad de Biofísica of Spain. In 2002 Goñi was awarded the Premio Euskadi de Investigación by the Basque government, and since that time has been director of the Unidad de Biofísica, Centro Mixto CSIC-UPV/EHU.

Sir Harold Kroto

Florida State University (USA)

Sir Harold Kroto obtained a BSc in chemistry and a PhD in molecular spectroscopy at the University of Sheffield (UK). He spent a large part of his working career at the University of Sussex, where he holds an Emeritus professorship. In 1970, his studies on long linear carbon chain molecules led to the surprising discovery that they existed in interstellar space and also in stars. Sir Harold Kroto was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 along with Robert F. Curl Jr. and Richard E. Smalley for the discovery of fullerenes. He has been on faculty at Florida State University (USA) since 2004.

José Maiz

Intel Corporation (USA)

Jose Maiz graduated with a degree in physics from the Universidad de Navarra (Spain) in 1976. Upon completion of his PhD in electrical engineering at the Ohio State University in 1983, he joined Intel Corporation. Over his 25-year career at Intel, he has worked on the development of 11 semiconductor technology generations and was named Intel Fellow in 2002. Maiz was recognized as an IEEE Fellow in 2008 for his contributions to the reliability of integrated circuits.

Emilio Méndez

Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA)

Emilio Mendez earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Universidad Complutense in Madrid (Spain) and received his PhD in physical sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). For fifteen years he worked at the IBM Watson Research Center in New York and joined Stony Brook University in 1995 as a physics professor. He has also been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the NTT Basic Research Laboratories (Japan) and the Paul-Drude- Institut (Germany), and Distinguished Professor with Fundación BBVA and Fundación Iberdrola at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). He is a member of the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Mendez has received several awards, including the Premio Príncipe de Asturias 1998 and the first Fujitsu Quantum Device Award in 2000. In 2006 he became the director of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA).

Sir John Pendry

Imperial College London (UK)

Sir John Pendry is a theoretical physicist. He has worked at the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London (UK) since 1981. He began his career in the Cavendish Laboratory at University of Cambridge, followed by six years at the Daresbury Laboratory of the Science and Technology Facilities Council where he headed the theory group. In collaboration with the Marconi Company he designed a series of “metamaterials”. These made accessible completely novel materials with properties not found in nature. Sir John Pendry was head of the department of physics at Imperial College London and principal of the faculty of physical sciences. He is also an honorary fellow of Downing College at Cambridge and an IEEE Fellow. In 2004 he was knighted for his services to science.

Heinrich Rohrer


Heinrich Rohrer was born in Buchs (Switzerland). He received his PhD in experimental physics in 1960 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) with a thesis on superconductivity. After a post-doctorate at Rutgers University in New Jersey (USA), he joined IBM’s Zurich Research Laboratory in 1963 as a research staff member. His research interests included Kondo systems, phase transitions, multicritical phenomena, scanning tunneling microscopy, and, most recently, nanomechanics. He retired from IBM in 1997 and took research appointments at CSIC (Spain) and RIKEN (Japan).

For the invention of the scanning tunneling microscope, together with Gerd Binnig, Professor Rohrer was co-recipient of the King Faisal Prize and the Hewlett Packard Europhysics Prize in 1984, and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1986. In 1987, he was awarded the Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). The practical value of the invention was recognized by the induction to the US National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1994. In addition, he is a member and honorary member of various professional societies and academies. He has also received honorary degrees from several universities.