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50th Birthday Party

Below are some photos from the party (thank you Bunny, Sue and Mike!):

Photo Gallery

Some photographs of me at various times: (1962), (2000), (2036).

Life's story

After leaving Cuba for political reasons, I entered the United States and started kindergarten. A few years later, with a Ph.D. in physics from an enormous state university, I kicked around in the usual series of postdocs, both here and abroad. My mobility has declined since discovering the Bay Area's charms (e.g., sushi, earthquakes, left turn on red in Berkeley).

Movie: Home video of a reunion of Ilya Prigogine group in Austin, Texas back in 1988. In case you don't recognize me, I'm in the blue baseball cap.

Professional Employment

Professor, Dept. of Physics, San Jose State University, San Jose CA 9/89-present.

Participating Guest, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA 6/96-present.

Participating Guest and Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore CA 1/92-present.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mathematics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 6/87-6/89.

Welch Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physics, The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 4/87-6/87.

Visiting Scientist, Dept. 48B, IBM Kingston, Kingston NY, 1/86-3/86.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Service Chimie Physique II, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels Belgium, 3/85-3/87.

Personal data

Birth date
April 30, 1959
Birth place
Havana, Cuba
Ph.D., Physics, The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tx., 12/84.
B.S., Physics, Florida Atlantic Univ., Boca Raton, Fla., 6/78.
Marital status
Married 27 years to Cecile Penland.
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