Mexican Physicist becomes the only Latin American Member of IUPAP

José Luis Mateos Trigos, is a Physicist and Researcher ascribed to the Department of Complex Systems at the Institute of Physics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

In 2003, he received the “Jorge Lomnitz” Award and earned the “Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship” for research and investigation in Germany.

Earlier this year, Mr. Mateos was admitted as a member of the Statistic Physics Commission of the International Union of Pure Applied Physics (IUPAP); becoming the only Latin American scientist member of this prestigious association.


The Mexican physicist is now part of an elite group formed by representatives from Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Korea, Japan, Spain, USA, Iran, and China, charged with the important task of organizing “StatPhys 2016” at Lyon, France, the biggest statistic physics conference in the world.

The event takes place every three years on a different continent, which gives it great international relevance. It boasts the participation of thousands of people who attend to witness the designation of the Boltzmann Medal winner, a distinction created by IUPAP with the intention of honoring outstanding accomplishments in the field. The prize was named in memory of the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann, who is credited with developing the statistical mechanics branch of theoretical physics in the 19th century.

Honored to be the only Latin American in this prestigious association, Mateos expressed his intention to stimulate scientific advancement in Mexico and stated being “happy and with lots of occupations, yet very proud, and hoping that the upcoming projects will be thriving”.

The UNAM has acknowledged the Mexican physicist’s career, and considers that his admission to the IUPAP may contribute to empowering statistical physics in the area and give it international transcendence.

José Luis Mateos was contacted by The Baja Post on Wednesday July 29th, and he was kind enough to send us an exclusive comment regarding his recent designation as part of the International Union of Pure Applied Physics:

Recently, I have been invited to be part of a distinguished organization, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics IUPAP, which is an organization established in 1922 in Brussels with 13 Member countries. The aims of IUPAP are to stimulate and promote international cooperation in physics, to sponsor suitable international meetings, to promote international agreements on the use of symbols, units, nomenclature and standards, and to foster free circulation of scientist to encourage research and education worldwide.

IUPAP has about 20 different commissions, and here I will enumerate them, just to give you an idea of the many different topics covered by physics nowadays. This list is not exhaustive, and each one of the topics is a huge branch of knowledge in itself. Here is the list: Commission on Symbols, Units, Nomenclature, Atomic Masses and Fundamental Constants, Statistical Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Low-Temperature Physics, Biological Physics, Semiconductors, Magnetism, Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter, Particles and Fields, Nuclear Physics, Physics for Development, Physics Education, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Plasma Physics, Laser Physics and Photonics, Mathematical Physics, Astrophysics, Computational Physics.

I belong to the Commission of Statistical Physics, which explains the macroscopic world in terms of atoms and molecules. For instance, we can understand what temperature is, in terms of the velocity of the atoms that form a fluid or a solid. This program started in the nineteenth century, and nowadays can be applied to more complex systems, like the climate, life itself, or economics. For instance, we are trying to understand the emergence of macroeconomic variables in terms of the behavior of many single agents.

In this century, we will witness more and more how the barriers between all this subfields of physics and with other sciences, like chemistry and biology, start to dilute, giving rise to a truly interdisciplinary effort to understand Nature.

jose luis mateos


José Luis Mateos




On July 19th, José Luis Mateos was invited to Mex I Am: Live it to Believe It 2015, in San Francisco California, an event featuring the best of Mexico’s arts, science, culture and ideas, and the first festival of its kind in the Bay Area.

As part of his conference on “Networks” he talked about “The Craddle of WWW, biggest lab in the world… invented by a Physicist” and “Types of Networks (Disordered or Random)“, among other topics.

At the Festival MEX I AM in San Francisco giving a lecture on networks (Photo: Facebook)
José Luis at the Festival MEX I AM in San Francisco giving a lecture on Networks (Photo: Facebook)

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