Fernando Quevedo new head of UNESCO’s Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
Fernando Quevedo has been appointed director of UNESCO’s Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). He succeeds Dr Katepalli Sreenivasan, who has led the institute since 2003.
Dr Quevedo is a well-known theoretical particle physicist with wide-ranging research interests in string theory, phenomenology and cosmology. He was awarded the 1998 ICTP Prize in recognition of his important contributions to superstring theory.
Born in Costa Rica in 1956, Dr Quevedo spent his early years in Guatemala before obtaining a PhD from the University of Texas in 1986 under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg. A string of research appointments followed at the European Laboratory of Nuclear Physics (CERN) in Switzerland, McGill University in Canada, the Institut de Physique in Switzerland and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA, as well as a brief term as professor of physics at the Mexican National Autonomous University. Dr Quevedo joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge in the UK in 1998, where he is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.
‘As a scientist from a developing country,’ says Quevedo, ‘I look forward to following in the footsteps of Professor Salam [Ed: Abdus Salam, founder of the ICTP] and my predecessors, and to lead and further advance ICTP through these exciting times in which science is of greatest importance for the world’s culture, development and survival.’
Dr Quevedo is the founder and coordinator of the International Network of Guatemalan Scientists.