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Monday, 17 April 2023

Prof. Carles Miravitlles, Founder of ICMAB, Passes Away at 80

by Àlex Argemí

Prof. Carles Miravitlles leaves a significant legacy in the scientific community. He was instrumental also in the creation of ICN2 and played a crucial role in advancing research in Catalonia. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, 19th April 2023, in Barcelona.

The ICN2 community mourns the loss of Prof. Carles Miravitlles, founder and former director of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), who passed away on 16th April 2023, aged 80. Born in Barcelona on 9th September 1942, Prof. Miravitlles leaves behind an extraordinary legacy, known for his remarkable human qualities and professional achievements.

Prof. Miravitlles was instrumental in the creation of the ICMAB in 1986 and played a crucial role in promoting research in Catalonia. He also contributed to the establishment of ICN2, with ideas that eventually led to its creation.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, 19th April 2023, at 3:15 pm, at the Tanatori de Sant Gervasi in Barcelona. The vigil will take place at the same location on Tuesday, 18th April, from 3 pm to 8 pm, and Wednesday morning from 11 am to 3 pm.

Prof. Miravitlles dedicated his scientific career to structural crystallography and X-ray diffraction, focusing mainly on direct methods for solving crystal structures. His tenure at ICMAB, from 1986 to 2008, was marked by his passion for excellence, internationalisation, and scientific ambition, which helped the institute achieve recognition as a Severo Ochoa Centre in the area of advanced functional materials on two occasions.

The ICN2 community extends its deepest condolences to Prof. Miravitlles' family and friends, expressing gratitude for his significant contributions to the scientific community in Catalonia and Spain. His name will forever be remembered in the conference room at ICMAB so that future generations will also be aware of his legacy. Prof. Carles Miravitlles will be dearly missed, but his impact on the world of science will live on.

Read a detailed celebration of his figure at the ICMAB website.