Dr Alvarez obtained MsC and PhD degrees from University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and 1972, respectively. He has spent 48 years at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as a Professor and Researcher at the Institute of Applied Mathematics (IIMAS) and the Institute of Geophysics. In the 1989-1977 period he was director of the Institute of Geography. Between 1975-1977 he was Principal Investigator in NASA’s Lunar Sample Program. He has done research in electrical properties of rocks, Tectonics, and volcanic structures.