Ph.D. Luis F. Rodriguez


Luis F. Rodríguez was born in Mérida, Yucatán, México in May 29, 1948. He obtained his B. S. in Physics at the National University of México in 1973 and his Ph. D. in Astronomy at Harvard University in 1978.

Dr. Rodríguez does research mostly in the fields of star formation and X-ray binaries, using radio astronomical observations. He has made signi cant contributions in both fields including the discovery that accretion and ejection phenomena coexist in the formation of new stars and the clarification of the mechanism that excites Herbig-Haro objects. He discovered the first superluminal source in the Milky Way, establishing that astronomical black holes, both supermassive and of stellar mass, share important characteristics.

He has received several recognitions, that include the Mexican Award in Sciences (the highest recognition in the country) and the "Bruno Rossi" Prize of the American Astronomical Society. He is Foreign Associate of the USA National Academy of Sciences and member of El Colegio Nacional, the institution that brings together the most distinguished artists and scientists in Mexico.

Rodríguez has published more than 380 papers, receiving more than 14,000 references in the specialized literature. He has directed 27 theses at di erent levels and has also been a member of many national and international committees. At present, he is Professor Emeritus of the Center for Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics, located at the Morelia Campus of the National University of México.



Until the first decades of the last century, astronomy was made using only the optical window of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. In the 1930's it became evident that many cosmic sources produced radio waves that could be detected and used to understand better the Universe. Radio astronomy, the branch of astronomy that studies EM radiation with wavelengths that go from the decameters to the sub-millimeter has become a mature field, with many major contributions that have being recognized with the Nobel Prize in Physics and that we will review. Radio astronomy also persuaded the astronomical commmunity that observing at windows other than the optical one was worthwhile, and now the Universe is studied across all the EM spectrum. We will then move to briefly discuss the present challenges and opportunities that the field faces, as well as its status in Mexico.


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