Mexican Scientist Admitted to Physics Cream of the Crop

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UNAM researcher becomes the only Latin American to belong to prestigious association.

Since its origins, researchers of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have proven their worth at Mexico’s largest educational institution.

José Luis Mateos Trigos is no exception. This researcher of the UNAM’s Physics Institute was just admitted as a member of the Statistic Physics Commission of the International Union of Pure Applied Physics (IUPAP).

Established in 1922 in Brussels, Belgium, the Union’s purpose is to stimulate and promote international cooperation in physics; foster free circulation of scientists; to encourage research and education, among other objectives.

Honored to be the only Latin American in this prestigious association, Mateos expressed his intention to stimulate scientific advancement in Mexico and stated being “happy and with lots of occupations, yet very proud, and hoping that the upcoming projects will be thriving”.

Jose Luis MateosTrigos IUPAP

The Mexican physicist is now part of an eclectic group formed by representatives from Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Korea, Japan, Spain, USA, Iran, and China, charged with the important task of organizing StatPhys 2016 at Lyon, France, the biggest statistic physics conference in the world.

The event takes place every three years on a different continent, which gives it great international relevance. It boasts the participation of thousands of people who attend to witness the designation of the Boltzmann Medal winner, a distinction created by IUPAP with the intention of honoring outstanding accomplishments in the field. The prize was named in memory of the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann, who is credited with developing the statistical mechanics branch of theoretical physics in the 19th century.

The UNAM has acknowledged the Mexican physicist’s career, and considers that his admission to the IUPAP may contribute to empowering statistical physics in the area and give it international transcendence.

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