Mr. Luis Alberto Petit Herrera

Medalla nº XIII
Académico constituyente

Elecromechanical Engineer from ICAI -Comillas University- (1953) PhD Degree by the Minister of Education (1967). Graduated in Computer Science from the Politechnical University of Madrid (1973). Holder of a Diploma in Industrial Organisation and Business Administration from the EOI Business School and a Master in Trade (1956). Postgraduate Education at the “Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales” (Paris) and at the Cornell University (USA).


He is Member of the Royal Academy of Doctors since 1985 and Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 1994.


He is a Member of the Board of DINTEL (Diffusion of INformatics and TELecommunications) Foundation since 1995.


He is the founder of the CITEMA (Center for Telecommunications, Telematics and Related Media) Foundation (holder of the Spanish International Computing and Telecommunication Show which takes place in Madrid)(1960 – 1995), and of the European Information Technology Observatory. Member of the Board of the International Computer Show that takes place in Quito (Ecuador).


He is Honourary Member at the Spanish Engineering Institute and Member of its Representative Board.


He is Knight Commander of the Order of “Alfonso X” and of the Civil Merit. Honorary Member of the Computer Sciences Graduates Association, of the EOI Club (Business School) and of the Business Administration Graduates Association (ICADE).


He is Full Member of the Basque Royal Society of the Country Friends.


He is a retired professor at the Industrial Engineering School (Comillas University). He also taught courses in Operations Research in the Faculty of Business Administration (ICADE) at this University. He developed the Redundancy of the Spanish Language in terms of the “Information Theory”, basing his work on “El Quijote”. He was professor at the National Institute of Public Administration.


His preferred field of innovation has been the application of Social Physics, basically within the frame of the trend of people to move around (in particular related to Tourism), the degree to what each country attracts visitors and the stability of these trends. To study this topic, he adapted the physical gravitational models in the Euclidean space to the economical and social spaces, using the Graphs Theory.


He has managed the activities of the spanish branches of two International Companies related with transport and energy activities respectively.


He was appointed Member of the National Education Board. He was Chairman of the ICAI Engineers Association (1963 – 1967). He was invited to give conferences at the CREI (UNESCO Regional Center for Computer Science Training). He was also visiting lecturer at the Center of the OIT in Turin, and Member of the International Advisory Committee for Programs in “Institutional Management” at the Golden Gate University (S. Francisco).