Mr. José Antonio Martín Pereda

Medalla nº XI
Académico constituyente


Telecommunications Engineer for the Polytechnic University of Madrid (June, 1967), BSc in Physical Sciences from Complutense University, Madrid (June, 1967) and PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (June, 1971).


Having graduated, obtained a Fulbright Scholarship and continued studying at Colorado State University (United States) from 1967 to 1971. Following a period as Associate Professor, obtained Professorship in 1975 in "Electronics Technology” from the Telecommunications Engineering School (ETSIT) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). Held the positions of Deputy Director of Research at ETSIT (1976-1980), Deputy Rector of Research at UPM (1980-1985), and Director of the “Photonic Technology” Department of UPM (1997-2002), creating the latter in 1980.


Vice General Secretary for Coordination of the National R&D Plan of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, (1985-1987) during the preparation phase for the First R&D National Plan, Director of the Department of Production and Communications Technologies in  the General Secretariat of the National R&D Plan (1987-1990) and Director of the National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) from 1993 to 1994, during which time carried out the first study into Technological Forecast developed in Spain.


Member, in a personal capacity, of the ESPRIT ADVISORY BOARD for the EU ESPRIT programme, from 1990 to 1993. President of the GAME Programme, created by the EU and the CICYT for development of microelectronics in Spain, from 1990-1995.


Member of the Universities Council, nominated by the Senate, from 1995 to 2000. Member of the Technical Committee of the ECOC ("European Conference on Optical Communications") and of OFC/I00C ("Optical Fibre Communication Conference" and "Integrated Optics and Optical Communications") in the USA, Japan and Europe from 1984 to 1996 and Chairman of the 1986 ECOC.


Member, in a personal capacity, of PE7 Panel at the European Research Council in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.


Secretary General of the Real Academia de Ingeniería de España, from 2007 to 2011.


Was the first PhD in Spain to work in the fields of optical communications and liquid crystal applications in photonic devices, working in these fields since 1975. Was a pioneer in the study of optical bistability and chaotic phenomena, and applied optical computing and photonic switching for optical communications networks. Created the first Optical Communications school in Spain, training numerous professionals and university researchers; the first to introduce this field into the curricula of Telecommunications Engineering Schools in Spain (since 1980) and the first to introduce the concept of photonics. Published more than 100 technical articles in Journals and International Congresses, including one book as author and several others as co-author. Wrote many other articles on the aforementioned subjects, including scientific politics, for Spanish magazines and journals. Bimonthly columnist in the “R&D Supplement” of a national newspaper, from 1990 to 1994.


Received several scientific prizes for research work and holds three “Honorary Doctorates” from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Carlos III University and the Cantabria University. Visiting Professor at the "Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine", at Imperial College, London, UK, during 2004-05.