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EL PROFESOR JUAN ANTONIO GALLEGO-JUÁREZ CONDECORADO POR EL INSTITUTE OF ACOUSTICS -IOA- CON LA RAYLEIGH MEDAL

12-08-2017

El pasado 23 de agosto se entregó la Rayleigh Medal a nuestro compañero Juan Antonio Gallego-Juárez, condecoración otorgada por el Institute of Acoustics -IOA-, U.K. en reconocimiento a sus méritos y a propuesta de la Sociedad Española de Acústica. La entrega de la Medalla a Juan Antonio la realizó la Presidenta del IOA, Jo Webb, en la cena de gala del Congreso Internacional ICSV24 celebrado en Londres.

La Rayleigh Medal es la más importante condecoración del Institute of Acoustics, U.K., otorgado a personas de reconocido prestigio por sus destacadas contribuciones a la Acústica. Se otorga normalmente a un acústico británico en los años pares y a un acústico extranjero en años impares. La medalla lleva el nombre de John William Strutt, tercer barón Rayleigh (1842-1919), un físico muy versátil que llevó a cabo tanto la investigación experimental como la teórica en prácticamente todas las ramas del tema. Fue graduado, “fellow” y finalmente Canciller de la Universidad de Cambridge, así como “fellow” y presidente de la Royal Society. Su libro “The theory of sound” sigue siendo un texto histórico en el desarrollo de la Acústica. La Rayleigh Medal ha sido otorgada desde 1975 a destacados acústicos y el último extranjero en recibirla fue el Profesor Leo L. Beranek.

La Presidenta del IOA, Jo Webb, expuso la siguiente “Citation”, describiendo los méritos de Juan Antonio que le hacen acreedor de la Rayleigh Medal:

CITATION

Juan A. Gallego-Juárez is a Research Professor at the Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), where he founded the Ultrasound Laboratory in 1971 and was Director of the “Instituto de Acústica” for more than 12 years and also Director of the Center for Physics Technologies that integrated several research institutes. Now he is in the position  “ad Honorem”.

He has a Doctor in Physics degree from the University of Rome and a Doctor in Physic Sciences degree from the University of Madrid. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Santiago de Chile and was awarded the Gold Medal of this University and the Golden Whistle Award 2011 of the International Congress on Ultrasound.

He was appointed Fellow of the IOA in 1984 and of the ASA in 1997. He is also Member of Merit of the Spanish Acoustical Society.

He was the Organizer and Chairman of the Ultrasonics International Conference in 1989 and of the International Congress on Acoustics in 2007 both conferences held in Madrid He was one of the Founders and a Member of the Board of the World Congress on Ultrasound (WCU) since its institution in 1993 and also of the International Congress on Ultrasound which replaced it since 2006. He was also Member of the Boards of the Spanish Acoustical Society from 1981 to 2015 and the International Commission for Acoustics from 1998 to 2008. His international leadership in expanding the dissemination of ultrasonic acoustics has to be highlighted, particularly to Latin America through his direction in organizing the Iberoamerican Network of Ultrasound (RITUL) as well as in receiving and supervising PhD and Master students from these countries.

Prof Juan A. Gallego-Juárez has contributed to acoustics over 300 publications and 43 patents. He has been invited lecturer in more than 45 international conferences and is the author of over 200 contributed papers to international and national conferences. He has given lectures and courses all over the world and has developed over one hundred research projects mostly as principal investigator. His research work has been specifically focused to power ultrasound over a wide range of topics involving the use of intense, high frequency acoustic waves to create changes in materials through nonlinear physical effects. In particular he has opened new fields of application of sonic and ultrasonic energy in low density and inhomogeneous media, as gases and multiphase media, where its use was notoriously discarded due to the difficulties for efficient generation and propagation. The ideation, design, development and application by Prof. Gallego-Juárez of a novel family of power sonic and ultrasonic generators with extensive radiating surfaces of stepped profile has significantly contributed to address this challenge by allowing the implementation, at laboratory, semi-industrial and even industrial scale, of a number of new ultrasound assisted technologies for environmental, food, and manufacturing sectors

The recent publication of the book “POWER ULTRASONICS”, a huge volume of more than a thousand pages coedited with Karl Graff, where much of his new technologies are collected, represents a milestone in the field of ultrasound

Prof. Gallego-Juárez founded in 2008 a spin-off company (PUSONICS S. L), for the industrialization and commercialization of the new power ultrasonic technologies and processes he studied and developed at laboratory stage.

In summary this medal awards his world leading academic research in the field of ultrasound and nonlinear acoustics as well as the translation of basic research ideas into commercial products

En su parlamento de contestación Juan Antonio agradeció en primer lugar a la Presidenta Jo Webb y al Institute of Acoustics –IOA– la concesión de la Medalla Rayleigh y a la Sociedad Española de Acústica representada en este acto por su Presidente,  por presentar su candidatura a tan importante y distinguido galardón.

Juan Antonio muy emocionado dijo “Que mi nombre se vea asociado al de Lord Rayleigh como acústico es el máximo honor que nunca pude soñar”.

Juan Antonio dedicó su medalla a su esposa Julia por su apoyo y amor incondicional y a toda su familia hijos, nuera y nietas, presentes en el acto. También expresó que sin el apoyo de personas e instituciones no habría podido desarrollar su vida profesional, destacando su trabajo en el CSIC donde entró de la mano del Profesor Lara, padre de la Acústica en España. Su trabajo de Tesis lo realizó en el Instituto de Ultracústica de Roma con el Profesor Barone.

Finalmente agradeció el apoyo de todos sus colaboradores y muy en especial el del Dr. Riera y el del Ing. Rodriguez, así como a las personalidades que han apoyado incondicionalmente su candidatura a la Medalla Rayleigh: L. Crum y K. Graff de USA, W. Lauterborn de Alemania y A. Alippi de Italia.


 

 


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