Fernando Quevedo

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Fernando Quevedo
Born(1956-05-12)May 12, 1956
CitizenshipGuatemala and Spain
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
AwardsJohn Wheatley Prize, Spirit of Salam Award, Abdus Salam Medal
Scientific career
ThesisTopics in supergravity and superstring phenomenology (1986)
Doctoral advisorSteven Weinberg

Fernando Quevedo Rodríguez (born 12 May 1956 in San José, Costa Rica) is a Guatemalan physicist[1] and obtained his early education in Guatemala. He was the director of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) between October 2009 and November 2019.[2][3]


He obtained his BSc in physics from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in 1979, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 under the supervision of Nobel laurate Steven Weinberg.[1]


Following a string of research appointments at CERN, Switzerland, McGill University in Canada, Institut de Physique in Neuchatel, Switzerland, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, as well as a brief term as professor of physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Dr. Quevedo later joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1998, where he has been Professor of Theoretical Physics and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.[4] He has taught courses on the Standard Model, differential equations, complex methods, supersymmetry and extra dimensions. He has discussed the importance of international research institutions for science diplomacy.[5] He has authored more than 100 papers.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

He has been awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, Doctorate Honoris Causa from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and, alongside Anamaría Font, won the 1998 ICTP Prize.[7] He has been a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences since 2010.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae - Fernando Quevedo" (PDF). The World Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 8 October 2022.
  2. ^ "New Leadership for ICTP". ICTP. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  3. ^ "About the Director". ICTP. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Professor Fernando Quevedo | Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics".
  5. ^ Quevedo, Fernando (July 2013). "The Importance of International Research Institutions for Science Diplomacy". Science & Diplomacy. 2 (3).
  6. ^ Scientific publications of Fernando Quevedo on INSPIRE-HEP
  7. ^ "ICTP - The Prize Winners". www.ictp.it. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  8. ^ "TWAS Directory - QUEVEDO, Fernando". Retrieved 8 October 2022.
  9. ^ "Fernando Quevedo". Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  10. ^ "ICTP Instituto Sul-Americano para Pesquisa Fundamental: um Centro Regional para Física Teórica" (PDF). Instituto de Física Teórica-UNESP. Retrieved 27 November 2023.