Rodríguez-Iturbe was born in Venezuela and has taught at many universities, including the University of Zulia, MIT, Texas A&M, and the University of Iowa (in Iowa city). He also taught for 20 years at Simon Bolivar University.
He has been a member of the US National Committee for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis since 2004. In 2008, he received a special recognition from the World Cultural Council.
- 1998 - Awarded the Robert E. Horton Medal
- 2002 - Awarded the Stockholm Water Prize for his role in developing the science of hydrology
- 2009 - Awarded the William Bowie Medal.
- 2010 - Elected as Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
- 2010 - Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
- "Special Recognitions 2008". World Cultural Council. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
- Curriculum vitae at Princeton University
- Ignacio Rodriguez
- “Hay que prever nuevos sistemas de almacenaje, porque seguirá la sequía”. Interview for La Gaceta de los Negocios (Spanish)
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