Ronald Mennickent obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 1989 and 1995, respectively. Since 1994, he has been working in the Universidad de Concepción, Chile, and was promoted to the category of “ Professor Titular” in 2003. In 1998 and 1999, he worked at the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in the Harvard University, USA, supported by a GEMINI fellowship. The main scientific interests of Ronald Mennickent are variable stars and their evolution, especially the topics of interacting binaries and their processes of mass loss/exchange, formation of circumbinary discs and accretion discs. He also works on cataclysmic variable stars, the formation of gas envelopes in Be stars and the search for variable stars in the local group of galaxies. He is a Researcher of the Chilean Center for Astrophysics FONDAP and the BASALCentro de Astrofísica y Tecnologias Afines (CATA). He works in observational astronomy, using novel spectroscopic and photometric techniques and is an usual observer in the Paranal, Magellan, and La Silla observatories.
Biography Updated on 30 September 2008