Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain


Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez was born in 1970 and has been an active observer of comets, asteroids, and meteors since he was fourteen years old. At seventeen, he started to write popular astronomy articles in journals and his first book one year later. He obtained his degree in physics from the University of Valencia in 1997 and his Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics (astrophysics) in 2002 under the direction of Professor Jordi Llorca (UPC) and Professor Juan Fabregat (UV). In 2003, he obtained a Spanish grant that allowed him to continue his career in a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, under the supervision of Professor John Wasson and Dr. Alan Rubin. After almost three years working on primitive meteorites (carbonaceous chondrites), he returned in 2006 to Spain with a JDC grant in order to join the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC) in Barcelona. In 2009, he earned his position as Tenured Scientist (Científico Titular) of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) at that research institute where he actually leads a group on meteorites and their parent bodies. His current research focuses on the formation, compositional, and reflectance properties of primitive solar system minor bodies (comets and asteroids), the study of their fragments in space (dust, meteoroids) together with the dynamic mechanisms of transport in the solar system, and finally the analysis and characterization of their rocks that arrived to the Earth (meteorites). These undifferentiated bodies provide clues on the origin of the solar system because their forming materials were retentive of the chemical and isotopic conditions prevailing in the early solar system. Personal homepage and publications can be found at Institutional homepage:

Biography Updated on 18 June 2013

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