Born in Balaguer (Spain). MS in Physics, MS in Mathematics, and PhD in Physics from Barcelona University, with Extraordinary Awards. Humboldt Fellow in Hamburg and Berlin (Germany), and SEP Fellow in Japan. Visiting Scholar/Research Contracts at Hamburg U, PennState U, Trondheim NTNU, the KEK, Hiroshima U, Jena U, Leipzig U, the NTZ, the MIT, Harvard U, and Trento U. Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Tarrega and Bellvitge Colleges, and Barcelona University for over twenty years. Since 1993 a member of The Higher Research Council of Spain (CSIC), where he is a Senior Research Professor and Principal Investigator of various projects—including a top rated Consolider one (group project)—and team leader of both a Consolider-Ingenio 2010 (CPAN) and a European Union project (CASIMIR). Has been awarded an Honorary Professorship from Tomsk TSPU University, Russia. He is also recipient of the Gold Medal of TSPU University.
A special functions expert and a cosmologist, author of several of the leading references in the fields of Zeta Functions and Heat Kernels, and their applications to Theoretical Physics and Cosmology, and of three well known books published by Springer Verlag and World Scientific. Catalonia’s top mathe- matical physicist, according to the two Reports issued by the Institute for Catalan Studies (in 2000 and 2004), the list of his former students includes Prof. J. Soto, Dr. A. Romeo, Prof. S. Gómez, Dr. S. Leseduarte, Dr. S.R. Hildebrandt, Dr. P. Fosalba, and Prof. E. Gaztañaga, among others. Head of the Theoretical Physics and Cosmology Division (FTC) at ICE/CSIC and IEEC.
A member of the Editorial Boards of: The Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical (IOP, London), The Open Astronomy Journal OAJ, Advances in Mathematical Physics AMP (Hindawi Publ. Co.), The International Journal of Optimization Theory and Application, and The Open Nuclear & Particle Physics Journal ONPPJ. Acts as referee for some forty international journals, among which, e.g., Physical Review Letters, the Journal of Mathematical Physics and the Journal of Number Theory. He’s been working as a consultant, an external referee and a member of international boards, panels and commissions for the assignment of research funds, Faculty appointments, and PhD degrees: for the Universities of Leipzig, California, Trento, PennState, Kaiserslautern, Oklahoma, Brandeis University, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Harvard University, the University of Cape Town, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Netherlands Organization for Scientifc Research (NWO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), CONICYT, IOP, l'Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), the Spanish and the Catalan National Evaluation Agencies, and others.
Fellow of the Institute of Physics (London), member of the American Mathematical and Physical Societies, the European Mathematical and Physical Societies, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Catalan and the Spanish Physical Societies, the National Geographic Society, and the Planetary Society. He was invited to the key Conferences of the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council: ERA Board, Science Against Powerty, and Biotech for a Complex World. Elected Secretary General of AvHumboldt Spain.
Author of over two hundred research papers in refereed International Journals and, in all, ca 700 original articles and contributions of different kind, including some newspaper collaborations. Translator in the field, from English, German, French, Italian and Portuguese, to Spanish and Catalan. Married (M Carme, 1977), sons (Sergi 1979, Aleix 1982), grson (Guillem, 2009).