Professor Ernesto A. Lacomba was born in Mexico City, where he carried out his undergraduate studies at the National Polytechnic Institute. He continued his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A., and in 1972 got his Ph.D. degree in mathematics under the supervision of Stephen Smale; his great passions started from there: one of them is celestial mechanics (another one is meditation). Then he got a postdoctoral Latin American Teaching Fellowship from Tufts University, Mass., U.S.A., which allowed him to teach during one year at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. Later on, he paid several research visits to Brazil, France, Spain and Argentina. He is a founding professor of the Iztapalapa campus of the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City, and among his many distinctions, he was appointed distinguished professor at UAM, got a mention of honor in the OAS research prize Noriega Morales for young scientists, won the Lazaro Cardenas award of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico, and more recently the Premio Ciudad Capital Heberto Castillo from the Science and Technology Institute of Mexico City. He is a member in the highest level of the National Researchers System in Mexico.
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