The Spanish Royal Physical Society (Real Sociedad Española de Física – RSEF) has awarded the institution’s medal to Ángel Rubio, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Group Leader of the Nano-bio Spectroscopy Group and Director of the Theory Department of the Max Planck Institute for Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg. This is the second time that the Spanish Royal Physical Society has acknowledged the work carried out by Professor Rubio. In 1991 he received the RSEF New Researcher Award.
The RSEF medal is granted within the framework of the Physics Awards jointly convened by the Spanish Royal Physical Society and the BBVA Foundation. When granting this award, the jury highlighted that the award-winner is “a world reference in material simulation and creator of a calculation programme widely used by hundreds of research groups around the world, allowing him to achieve high visibility as a researcher and become one of the most influential physicists of the last decade”. The Spanish Royal Physical Society will present the medal to Professor Rubio on 14 December next at the RSEF-FBBVA 2016 Physics Awards Ceremony.
“I am deeply honoured and proud that the Spanish Royal Physical Society has acknowledged the research work we have been performing in recent years by awarding this medal. This is jointly merited by all the student and postdoctoral researchers who are working and have worked with me. Receiving this maximum recognition from the Spanish Royal Physical Society is even more rewarding because it is often more difficult for one’s merits to be recognised at home than abroad”, says Professor Rubio.
Ángel Rubio is also a Fellow of the American Association for Advanced Science (AAAS), Foreign Associate member of the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He has also received numerous scientific awards, including the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the King Jaime I Award for Basic Research. This year, for the second year running, he has received one of the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants. These prestigious European Research Council grants are only awarded to the most exceptional European scientists and to the most ground-breaking projects. Studies by Professor Rubio and his theory group have made them a universal reference in the field of modelling of nanoscale systems in order to understand or predict the behaviour of materials to certain stimuli such as light. They have also designed new simulation techniques to learn how nanostructures and biomolecules act.