Graef Fernández, Carlos (1911–1988)

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Graef Fernández, Carlos (1911–1988)

Carlos Graef Fernández (b. 25 February 1911, d. 1988), Mexican mathematician and educator. A disciple of Manuel Sandoval Vallarta, Graef Fernández graduated from the National University with a degree in engineering before completing a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940. He began teaching relativity at the National School of Science in Mexico in 1941 and then at Harvard from 1944 to 1945. He devoted many decades to teaching at the National University, serving as dean of the National School of Sciences (1957–1959) and director of the Institute of Physics. A leader in Mexico's efforts to harness nuclear energy, he coordinated its national commission in the 1960s and served as a governor of the International Organization of Atomic Energy (1960–1961). Mexico awarded him its National Prize in Sciences in 1970.

See alsoNuclear Industry .


Enciclopedia de México, vol. 5 (1976), pp. 493-494.

Additional Bibliography

Graef Fernández, Carlos, José Luis Fernández Chapou, and Alfonso Mondragón Ballesteros. Obra científica. México: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco y Iztapalapa, 1993.

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