Joseph D. Novak, Professor Emeritus of the University of Cornell (New York, USA) developed what we know as concept mapping. His research has mainly centred on improving teaching/learning processes and the creation of knowledge. He is considered one of the most influential figures in education of the second half of the XX century.
Author of a prodigious bibliography of 25 books, six monographs and more than a hundred articles, Novak graduated in Science and Mathematics and has a doctorate in Science Education and Biology. He has won many prizes. Novak, who has pursued his academic career at the Universities of Minnesota, Kansas, Purdue, Harvard and Cornell, has maintained a close relationship with the researchers at the Public University of Navarre, leading to curricular and instructional material used by the Professors here and at other universities.