Biography of Manuel Yáñez
Manuel Yáñez is Professor Emeritus at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). He graduated in Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1970, with an Extraordinary Award. He also received the National End of Career Award. Upon receiving his PhD in 1973 in Theoretical Chemistry from the UAM and the Extraordinary Doctorate Award, he went to Carnegie-Mellon University as Postdoctoral Research Associate with John Pople (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998). Back in Spain he continued working in Theoretical Chemistry as Assistant professor at the UAM and since 1983 as Full Professor. He was head of the Department of Chemistry in the period 1994-1997. He was the Director of the Supercomputing Center of the UAM in the period 1998-2002. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia) in 2003, At the École Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Rennes in 2010, at the Université d'Evry (Paris France) in 2004, 2012 and 2015 and at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) in 2012.
He has published more than 500 articles and more than 20 book chapters. He has supervised more than 30 Master and PhD students, of which several currently hold relevant positions in different universities and companies in different European countries. He was Chairman of the Third Europhysics Summer School on Chemical Physics: Ion Chemistry. Santander (Spain). He was the Spanish representative in the European Committee of Integrative Computational Chemistry. He was the Coordinator of the "European Master on Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling" distinguished with the Eurolabel of the European Chemistry Thematic Network and as Erasmus+ Master. He was Coordinator of a Marie Sklodowska Curie action that involved 12 European Universities and 9 private companies and two Supercomputing Centers at a European level. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of a forthcoming major reference work entitled Comprehensive Computational Chemistry.
Along his carrier he received different distinctions, the Research Award from the UAM Foundation, the Research Award from the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry, the Bettancourt-Perronet Award from the French Government. In 2015 he was appointed Academician of the Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences (RACE). In 2017 he was invested Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of the Basque Country and in 2018 received the Award for a Distinguished Career from the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry.
Professor Yáñez is a member of the Scientific Board of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) and Chair of the 9th Triennial Congress WATOC. He is also member of the Board of the Division of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry of the European Chemical Society, EuChemS(DCTC). He was Vice President of the European Division of Computational Chemistry before its integration in EuChemS. He was Editor of Journal of Molecular Structure (Theochem) and Computational and Theoretical Chemistry (Elsevier) and Editor in Chief of Anales de Química of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ). He was member of the Editorial Board of Mass Spectrometry Reviews and the Open Chemical Physics Journal. He has organized various scientific events, including Summer Schools, Workshops, Symposia and the world's most important congress on theoretical and computational chemistry, WATOC-2011 in Santiago de Compostela.
Affiliations and expertiseProfessor Emeritus, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain