Arturo Alejandro Menchaca Rocha

Mexican, born in Mexico City on 5 February, 1947. Married to María Ester Brandan. Children: Paula(33), Arturo(31), Alejandra (24) and Nuria (20).
University Education:
D.Phil. (Nuclear Physics), Oxford University, England. August 1974, Thesis: “A Study of 16O and 20Ne Using Heavy-ion Reactions”. Advisors: D.K. Scott & P.S. Fisher.

BS (Physics) Science School, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), June 1970. Thesis: “A Solution of the Equation of (Radiative) Transfer using Tchevitchev Quadratures”. E. Méndez-Palma.

Employment: At UNAM Director, Institute of Physics, since 2003. Professor, Experimental Physics Dept., Institute of Physics, 1985-present. Associate Prof. Experimental Physics Dept., Institute of Physics, 1975-1985 Research Areas: Experimental Nuclear Reactions, Cosmic Rays, Particle Detection, Liquid-drop Collisions. Other Institutions Visiteur Etranger, Institut des Sciences Nucleaires, Grenoble, France, 1991-92, 1998-99. Associate Member, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Argentina, 1986-89. Professour Associe, Institut des Sciences Nucleaires, Grenoble, France, 1984-1985. Professor, Physics Dept., University of Chile, 1982-84. Charge de Recherche, Institut des Sciences Nucleaires, Grenoble, France, 1981-82.

Honours, Memberships & Scholarships National Researcher Level III (highest), National Research System, Mexico (since 1988). CONACYT (Mexico’s NSF) Scholarship for PhD studies (1971-74). Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (Coordinator for Physics 1990-2005) Member of the Mexican Physical Society (Founder and First President of the Nuclear Science Division) Member of the American Physical Society, since 1975 1997 National Physics Research Prize, Mexican Physical Society. 2003 Fernando Alba Medal for contributions to experimental physics in Mexico, IFUNAM 2004 National Science and Arts Prize, highest science honor in Mexico, Mexican Presidency.

Editorship: Associate Editor of the Revista Mexicana de Fisica.