Born in Isaba (Navarre) in June 1950, Pedro Miguel Etxenike Landiribar graduated in Physical Sciences from the University of Navarra, and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge, a Doctorate in Physical Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an ScD from Cambridge. He currently teaches at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where he is Full Professor of Condensed-matter Physics.
His research work has mainly centred on Particle Physics and the Interaction of charges and radiation with matter. He has published some 300 papers in prestigious scientific journals and supervised 24 doctoral theses.
Pedro Miguel Etxenike promoted and headed the first mixed centre of the Higher Centre of Scientific Research and the University of the Basque Country, and currently chairs the Fundación Donostia International Physics Center, which has become a world reference point in its fields of research. He also played a leading role in the creation of the CIC Nanogune, which aims to house state-of-the-art nanotechnology laboratories and whose board of members he chairs.
The teaching and research work of this Isaba-born physicist has been acknowledged in the form of numerous prizes and honours, including the Prince of Asturias award for Scientific-Technological Research (1988), the Euskadi Research Prize (1996), the Prince of Viana cultural award (1997) and Gold Medals from the University of the Basque Country (1998) and the city of San Sebastián (2000).