Sebastià Xambó Descamps, wins the “Medalla Narcís Monturiol 2020” award for scientific and technological merit

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The professor affiliated to FIB receives one of the ten medals awarded by the Catalan government, which recognize the most outstanding contributions to the development of science and technology in Catalonia
Sebastià Xambò has been honoured with one of the “Medalla Narcís Monturiol 2020” awarded by the Catalan government to ten researchers (six men and four women) from the Catalan knowledge system for their contribution to the development of science and technology. The awarding of these prizes is been registered in the 72/2020 Decree, and published in the Official Gazette of the Catalan Government on July 23, on a proposal from the Minister of Business and Knowledge. The Catalan Government introduced these honours back in 1983, having awarded 291 prizes up to this time (227 to men and 64 to women).
Xambó is a doctor in Mathematics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), emeritus professor of the Department of Mathematics at the UPC, and visiting lecturer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS). He was also dean of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, as well as vice-rector for Information and Documentation Systems at the UPC and president of the Sociedad Catalana de Matemáticas (SCM) of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC). In addition, he organised the third congress of the European Mathematical Society that took place in Barcelona in 2000.
The UPC emeritus professor has studied algebraic geometry, the theory of error-correcting codes and their computational aspects, in addition to geometric algebras and their applications to physics and engineering. He has published more than forty articles on those subjects, advanced textbooks and research monographs. His involvement on the ‘El Árbol de las Matemáticas’ (ArbolMat) website should also be highlighted, with Xambó being its main promoter. That website is a gallery that gathers relevant scientific profiles of researchers in Latin America, Spain and Portugal in the field of mathematics and those of inspiring people in this area.
Sebastià Xambó received in October 2019 the Real Sociedad Matemática Española (RSME) award for his scientific-academic career and for his contribution to the mathematical community.