Dr. José-Luis Morán-López (1950) was born in the city of Charcas in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He obtained a BSc in Physics from the School of Physics of the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí in 1972 and an MSc in Theoretical Physics from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Mexico) in 1974, graduating Magna Cum Laude as a Doctor Rerum Naturalium from the Free University of Berlin in 1977.
He is a Full Researcher at the Department of the Advanced Materials Division of the Potosí Institute of Scientific and Technological Research. Throughout his scientific career, he has been Visiting Professor at several European and Latin American universities, including the Free University of Berlin, the Fluminense University in 1983 and the University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. In 1985, he was Visiting Professor at the Nuclear Center in Jülich, Federal Republic of Germany, and Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France.
Dr. Morán-López has published over 215 scientific articles in journals and books with international circulation, 40 popular science articles and contributed to newspapers. He is co-editor of nine specialized books, two in Springer Verlag publishing house and seven in Plenum Press.
He has served as guest lecturer at several meetings on Solid State Physics, particularly on Surfaces, Magnetism, Phase Transitions in Systems of Restricted Dimensionality and Nanostructures, organized both in Mexico and abroad. He is a member of the American Physical Society, American Vacuum Society, Materials Research Society, European Physical Society and The World Academy of Sciences, among others.
In 1996, the Potosí Council of Science and Technology was created under Dr. Morán's leadership in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, as a state agency for the promotion of science and technology, of which Morán López was its first general director. From that office, he also promoted the creation of the Potosí Institute for Scientific and Technological Research (IPICYT), one of the finest Mexican institutions with international recognition to date. The IPICYT National Center of Supercomputing was also created under his leadership in 2004.
In 1984, he received the John Simon Guggenheim research grant, awarded in New York. He was Associate Researcher of the International Center of Theoretical Physics in Trieste, subsequently becoming Senior Associate (1991). The Academy of Scientific Research (now the Mexican Academy of Sciences) awarded him the Exact Sciences Research Prize in 1985. In 1988, the Organization of American States, based in Washington, bestowed the Manuel Noriega Morales Award in Exact Sciences on him. In 1990, he received the C.V. Raman International Award from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. In 1992, he won the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Germany. In 1995, the Mexican Society of Physics awarded him the Marcos Moshinsky Medal for his contributions to theoretical physics. In 1996, the government granted him the National Sciences and Arts Prize in the areas of Physico-Mathematical and Natural Sciences, the highest distinction for scientists in Mexico.
Dr. Morán-López also served as President of the Scientific Committee of the International Council of Sciences (ICSU) during the period 2012-2016. He is currently President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences for the period July 2017-July 2020.