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UC3M lecturer Francisco Marcellán receives an RSME Medal


Francisco José Marcellán Español, Professor Emeritus at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), has received a 2023 Medal from the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME, in its Spanish acronym). This award expresses the public recognition of the Spanish mathematical community to people who have stood out due to their relevant and continuous contributions in the fields of mathematical work, such as education, research, transfer and dissemination, among others, over a long period of time.

Francisco Marcellán

Francisco Marcellan has developed a brilliant professional career at UC3M, with complete dedication to research, teaching, management and dissemination of Mathematics. He graduated in Mathematics in 1973 from the University of Zaragoza, he obtained his PhD in Mathematics in 1976 from the same university, under the supervision of Luis Vigil y Vázquez. He has taught at the universities of Zaragoza, Santiago de Compostela, Politécnica de Madrid and UC3M, as well as collaborating in various foreign higher education institutions. He has carried out continuous research work on Approximation Theory, Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions. His enormous commitment to the training of new PhDs and scientists should be noted, having supervised 41 doctoral theses.

He has also balanced his excellent research career with numerous management activities in an extraordinary way, having held, among others, the positions of Director of the UC3M Engineering and Mathematics Departments, Vice-Rector for University Research, Director of ANECA and Secretary General for Scientific and Technological Policy at the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.

His role in the RSME has been, and continues to be, decisive, according to the institution. He was first vice-president from 2012 to 2015, and president of the RSME between 2016 and 2021. During these periods, the White Paper on Mathematics was prepared; he strengthened the RSME's relations with various foundations and institutions; the Mathyssesn and SteMatesElla initiatives were launched; he promoted cooperation agreements with other scientific societies... He currently continues to work for the RSME and is a member of some of its committees. He has also been president of CEMat.

In addition to Francisco Marcellán, in this 2023 edition the RSME also awarded a Medal to María del Carmen Romero, a retired professor at the University of Valencia, and Luis Vega, a professor at the University of the Basque Country. It also awarded the Rubio de Francia Prize for young researchers (under 32 years old) to Xavier Fernández-Real.

More information: Spanish Royal Mathematical Society 2023 Medals