Ana María Cetto

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Ana María Cetto
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Ana María Cetto at IAEA Commemorative Ceremony on the Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 2010.
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Spouse(s)Luis de la Peña[1]
Scientific career

Ana Maria Cetto (born 1946, in Mexico City) is a Mexican physicist.


She has a bachelor's degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and graduate degrees from both, Harvard University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is a researcher at the Physics Institute of the UNAM, and professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the same university. She is also the daughter of the renowned Mexican architect Max Cetto.

National and International work[edit]

Her speciality is Quantum Mechanics, Stochastic Electrodynamics and Biological Physics. She has been the Technical Cooperation Leader and Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. She has also been director of the Faculty of Sciences at UNAM, as well as a professor and researcher at the same institution.

Ana Maria Cetto was Council member of the Pugwash Conferences when the International organization received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995. Being Deputy Technical Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, she was also participant of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

In 2003, she was named "Woman of the Year" and several other distinctions as member of the Third World Academy of Science (with headquarters in Italy), the Mexican Academy of Science, the Mexican Physics Academy and the American Physical Society.

She is the author of dozens of research articles and several books. She is also responsible for scientific information programs in Latin America, and programs for the promotion and participation of women in science as well. For these articles, she received the "Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz" distinction awarded by the UNAM in recognition to her work in the educational area.

She is also a member of the World Future Council.

Selected Work[edit]


  1. Ceccon E, Cetto AM. Capacity building for sustainable development: some Mexican perspectives. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND WORLD ECOLOGY 10 (4): 345-352 DEC 2003
  2. de la Pena L, Cetto AM. Planck's law as a consequence of the zeropoint radiation field REVISTA MEXICANA DE FÍSICA 48: 1-8 Suppl. 1 SEP 2002
  3. de la Pena L, Cetto AM. Quantum theory and linear stochastic electrodynamics. FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS 31 (12): 1703-1731 DEC 2001
  4. Vessuri H, Cetto AM. "Pertinence" and "impact". INTERCIENCIA 24 (3): 146-150 MAY-JUN 1999
  5. Cetto AM, Alonso-Gamboa O. Scientific periodicals in Latin America and the Caribbean: A global perspective. INTERCIENCIA 23 (2): 84-+ MAR-APR 1998
  6. de la Pena L, Cetto AM. Estimate of Planck's constant from an electromagnetic Mach principle. FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS LETTERS 10 (6): 591-598 DEC 1997


  • Cetto, Ana María. La luz en la naturaleza y en el laboratorio. México, D.F.: Sep-Fondo de Cultura Económica : Conacyt, 1987. Serie La ciencia desde México; 32.
  • de la Peña, Luis; Cetto, Ana María (1996). van der Merwe, Alwyn (ed.). The Quantum Dice: An Introduction to Stochastic Electrodynamics. Dordrecht; Boston; London: Kluwer Academic Publishers. doi:10.1007/978-94-015-8723-5. ISBN 0-7923-3818-9. LCCN 95040168. OCLC 832537438.
  • de la Peña, Luis; Cetto, Ana María; Valdés-Hernández, Andrea (2016). The Emerging Quantum: The Physics Behind Quantum Mechanics. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-07893-9. ISBN 978-3-319-34792-9. OCLC 957533055.



  1. ^ Jammer 1974, p. 435.


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