Pioneer and promoter of astrophysics in Spain and fi rst Senior Professor of Astrophysics at a Spanish university. He founded and directs the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands (IAC), through which he develops and spreads knowledge of this science and related technologies around the country. He made it possible to construct the largest and most advanced telescope at this time: the Large Canary Islands Telescope, which has segmented mirrors and a diameter of over ten meters. He belongs to various international scientifi c societies and has multiple distinctions, including the following awards: Alfonso X el Sabio, the award for Civil Merit and the award of Isabel la Católica, the Cross of Naval Merit, the Grand Cross of the Order of the Canary Islands, Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden), Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France), Knight of the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands), and Commendatore della Stella della Solidarietà (Italy). He is Doctor Honoris Causa at the universities of Copenhagen and Florida, was awarded the Medal of Honor for Fostering Invention from the García Cabrerizo Foundation, and recipient of the CEOE Science Prize, the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands, and Canary Islands Research Prize.
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