Alcubierre, Miguel (1964–)

Miguel Alcubierre

Miguel Alcubierre is a Mexican theoretical physicist who, in 1994, proposed a remarkable scheme for faster-than-light 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 high-speed 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.