I came to the UK as a Masters and PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Upon completing my studies, I obtained a postdoctoral research position at the University of California in Berkeley and later a similar post at the University of California in Santa Barbara. I was then offered a permanent academic post at Durham University, where I have remained ever since and hold the Ogden Chair in Fundamental Physics. I have helped to bring many Mexican students to undertake PhD studies at Durham.
I am the founder and director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology. Along with other colleagues, I was one of the creators of the “Cold dark matter”’ theory of cosmology. Using some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, we build models of how our universe evolved from the Big Bang to the present and how galaxies and other cosmic structures originated. I have published over 500 scientific papers and I am one of the most frequently cited authors on space science literature. I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and have received numerous prizes, including the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Max Born Medal of the German Physics Society, the Gruber Cosmology Prize, the Hoyle Medal, the George Darwin Prize, and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, among others. I was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Queen’s birthday honours list. I am frequently invited to speak on television and radio shows.
I visit Mexico regularly and give seminars and public lectures. I am a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. For several years I was a member of the Board of the Mesoamerican Institute of Physics. At the end, science is international and as a scientist I feel part of a global community, beyond national identities.