Dr. Pablo Artal
- تخصص: He is a Spanish physicist and full professor specialized in optics at the University of Murcia
Pablo Artal was born in Zaragoza (Spain) in 1961. After elementary school, he was enrolled as an intern during high school at the “Universidad Laboral” in Huesca to pursue his baccalaureate education. This allowed him to be the first in the family to attend University. He studied Physics at the University of Zaragoza. In 1984, he moved to Madrid with a pre-doctoral fellowship to work at the CSIC “Instituto de Optica” under the supervision of Javier Santamaria. He was a post-doctoral research fellow, first at Cambridge University (UK) and later at the Institut d'Optique in Orsay, France. After his return to Spain, he obtained a permanent researcher position at the Instituto de Optica (CSIC) in Madrid. In 1994 he became the first full Professor of Optics at the University of Murcia, Spain where he founded his “Laboratorio de Optica”, a world-class laboratory built from scratch, attracting students and collaborators from many countries to Murcia, a region without any previous tradition of research in optical technology.
Prof. Artal was secretary of the Spanish Optical Society (SEDO) from 1990 to 1994; associated Dean of the University of Murcia Science Faculty from 1994 to 2000 and Director of the Physics Department at Murcia University from 2001 to 2003. From 2004 to 2007 he was in charge of the reviewing grants panel in Physics at the Spanish Ministry of Science in Madrid. Since 2006 is the founding director of the Center for Research in Optics and Nanophysics at Murcia University. He was president of the Academy of Science of the Murcia Region from 2010 to 2015. From 2015 he is president of the “Fundación de Estudios Medicos”, an outreach organization dedicated to promote science. During his career he often spent periods doing collaborative research in laboratories in Europe, Australia, Latin America and USA. This included two sabbatical years in Rochester (USA) and Sydney (Australia).
Dr. Artal's research interests are centered on the optics of eye and the retina and the development of optical and electronic imaging techniques to be applied in Vision, Ophthalmology and Biomedicine. He has pioneered a number of highly innovative and significant advances in the methods for studying the optics of the eye and has contributed substantially to our understanding of the factors that limit human visual resolution. In addition, several of his results and ideas in the area of ophthalmic instrumentation over the last years have been introduced in instruments and devices currently in use in clinical Ophthalmology.
He has published more than 200 reviewed papers that received more than 7800 citations (H-index: 46), presented more than 200 invited talks in international meetings and around 150 seminars in research institutions around the world. He was elected fellow member of the Optical Society of America (OSA) in 1999, fellow of the Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in 2009 and 2013 (gold class), fellow of the European Optical Society (EOS) in 2014 and fellow of the SPIE in 2016.
In 2013, he received the prestigious award “Edwin H. Land Medal” for his scientific contributions to the advancement of diagnostic and correction alternatives in visual optics. This award was established by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) to honor Edwin H. Land. This medal recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies, and products.
In 2014, he was awarded with an Advanced Research grant of the European Research Council.
In 2015, he received the “King Jaime I” award in new technologies (applied research). This is one of the most prestigious awards for researchers in all areas in Spain. It consists in a medal, mention and 100000€ cash prize.
He is a co-inventor of 22 international patents in the field of Optics and Ophthalmology. Twelve of then extended to different countries and in some cases expanded to complete families of patents covering the world. Dr. Artal is the co-founder of three spin-off companies developing his concepts and ideas. He has been instrumental to continuously attract external financial support from government and private international companies to his laboratory, now widely recognized as one of the leading research centers for Visual Optics in the world. He is the editor of the two-volume “Handbook of Visual Optics”, published in 2017.
He has been the mentor of many graduate and post-doctoral students and maintains a science blog, popular among students world-wide.