Jesús Martínez Frías awarded with one of the Plates of Honor of the Spanish Association of Scientists

For 15 years now, the Spanish Association of Scientists has been distinguishing researchers and companies that have been characterized by their outstanding scientific and technological work, both in the field of basic science and in applied science and innovation.

Dr. Jesús Martínez Frías, Geologist. Researcher of the CSIC and Head of the Department of Planetology and Habitability of the Center of Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), receives this award "for his contributions in the study of meteorites and planetary geology, as well as for his excellent work of dissemination". & Nbsp; < / p>

Two other scientists have also been awarded this year, Prof. Francisco Camacho Ferre from the University of Almería and Prof. Teófilo Sanfeliu Montoliu from the Jaume I University of Castellón. & nbsp;

The AEC already awarded in 2008 with one of its Plates another scientist from the Center for Astrobiology, the physicist Prof. Juan Pérez Mercader.

The Act of delivery of the Plates will take place on the 21st of November 2012 & nbsp;

More information: Spanish Association of Scientists (AEC)

Jesús Martínez Frías is PhD in Geological Sciences , Scientific Researcher of the CSIC and Professor "Ad Honorem" of Planetary Geochemistry of the Department of Applied Physics Natural Resources of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. & nbsp;

Currently directs the Department of Planetology and Habitability of the Center for Astrobiology, a mixed center of CSIC and associated INTA to the Institute of Astrobiology of NASA and is responsible for part of the CSIC of the Associated Unit CSIC-UVA on Applied Spectroscopy in Earth and Planetary Sciences (Boecillo, Valladolid). & nbsp;

His scientific activities include: a) his studies on meteorites, impact craters and simulation processes of asteroidal and planetary regoliths. 2) his research on mineralization processes in extreme hydrothermal and methane environments as analogous to Mars, with campaigns in Antarctica, Mauritania, Iceland and Costa Rica, and c) his studies on megacrometeors (large blocks of atmospheric ice). It is worth mentioning his participation in the NASA flight for the study of the Leonids and that he is the only Spanish geologist that is part of the scientific teams of the two missions to Mars in which our country participates: NASA-MSL (Curiosity) and ESA-Exomars. & Nbsp;

In the scope of its activity in national and international institutions, Martínez Frías has been an elected Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the CSIC, representing Western Europe in the Committee of Natural Resources of the ECOSOC and Vice-president of the Commission of Science and Technology of the UN. He is currently President of the Geoscience Education Commission of the International Union of Geological Sciences, Vice President of the International Geoethics Association, Director of the RedIris Earth Network and Coordinator in Spain of the Planetary Society.
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Fuente: CAB


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