Dr. Vicente López Biography
Vicente López Martínez (1954 – 2012) was a great promoter of innovation in Catalonia betting on applied research based on the model Universities – Technological Centers – Companies. He was the founder of the Barcelona Media Technology Center, which today forms part of Eurecat. Initially, he acted as the General Director and later as Executive Vice President of the Center. He also was Vice President of the Federation of Technology Centers (FEDIT).
Graduated in Chemical Sciences, he gained a PhD in Quantum Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). He remained active as a researcher throughout all his professional life, combining this activity with those of manager and entrepreneur. He was a researcher at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), a Professor at the Department of Chemical Physics at the UAM, a researcher and later technical director of the Institute of Knowledge Engineering (IIC) of the UAM, professor at UAM’s Department of Computational Sciences and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) Department of Information Technology and Communications, publishing more than 50 scientific articles.
As an entrepreneur and innovator, Vicente created and launched two technology companies for the Prisa group: Proel (electronic publicity) and Inicia Comunicaciones (provider of internet services and portals). Co-founder and later a member of the board of directors of Raditech, a provider of services and research products on the Internet, he was a member of Telefónica’s board and founded ImmSound, a provider of immersive sound products, where he acted as CEO and President. Immsound was later acquired by Dolby.
Besides being a charismatic person, Vicente possessed a great humanistic sense that he applied in his various activities. He managed Barcelona Media with commitment, vision and constant work from its beginnings and from there he supported and encouraged the Technological Center model as a meeting point between Universities, Research Centers and Companies, a bridge between basic research and industrial applications.