Alcubierre, Miguel (1964–)
Mexican theoretical physicist who, in 1994, proposed a remarkable
scheme for fasterthanlight travel, now widely known as the Alcubierre
Warp Drive. Alcubierre was born in Mexico City and lived there until
1990 when he entered the graduate school at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
In 1994, he received his Ph.D. for research in numerical general
relativity, using highspeed computers to solve Einstein's gravitational
field equations. After leaving Wales in 1996, he worked for a time at the
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany, where
he developed new numerical techniques to describe the physics of black
holes that spin down due to collision. Since 2002 he has worked at the
Nuclear Sciences Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
(UNAM), where he continues to conducts research in numerical general
relativity.
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