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Julian Chela Flores

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Citizenship  Venezuelan
Known for  Planetary habitability

Name  Julian Chela-Flores
Fields  Astrobiology, Physics
Julian Chela-Flores
Born  Julian Chela-Flores 13 June 1942 (age 73) Caracas (1942-06-13)
Institutions  The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Books  The Science of Astrobiol, A Second Genesis: Stepping, The New Science of Astrobiol

Julian Chela-Flores (born 13 June 1942 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan astrobiologist and physicist. He is known for his contributions to the field of planetary habitability.


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His father, a mathematician, encouraged his studies in science, while his mother raised his interest in the humanities. He lived in England where he studied in the University of London, obtaining a PhD in Quantum Mechanics in 1969. His field of research is astrobiology, in other words the science of the origin, evolution, distribution and destiny of life in the universe, especially life on Europa, the Jovian satellite.

From 1971 till 1990 he worked in academic matters continually, especially in research at the Centre of Physics, the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (Full Researcher 1978) and at the Physics Department, Simon Bolivar University (Full Professor 1980), both in Caracas. He is Full Professor ad honorem at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IDEA, Caracas) having been a co-founder of IDEA in 1980. Since 1994 he is an Associate Member of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.

His first contact with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (ICTP, now bearing the name of its Founding Director the Nobel Laureate, Abdus Salam) took place during the inauguration of its Miramare Campus and at the Contemporary Physics Trieste Symposium (June, 1968).

These two events were stepping stones for perennial collaboration with the progress of research and development, especially in the emerging nations: IAEA Fellow 1971, and on several occasions Associate Member (1972-1981) and Visiting Scientist (1982-1990). From 1990-2014 he was scientist in residence at the ICTP: Scientific Consultant (1990-1996) and Staff Associate (1996-2014). He now continues his research as Visiting Scientist at the ICTP.


In iTunes U (

  • 3,8 billion years ago. (Also in Spanish and Italian.)
  • Search for our origins in stardust. (Also in Spanish and Italian.)
  • In the ICTP PIO - YouTube

  • A search for our origins in star dust on YouTube. (8 minutes).
  • La búsqueda de nuestros orígenes en el polvo de las estrellas on YouTube. (8 minutes).
  • References

    Julian Chela-Flores Wikipedia

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