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Manuel Castells

Research Professor and Chair of the PhD and Research Scientific Commission at the UOC. Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

Born in Spain in 1942.
He is Research Professor and Chair of the Research and PhD Scientific Commission at the UOC in Barcelona. He is also Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for 24 years. Likewise, he is Professor of Communication and holder of the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; the Marvin and Joanne Grossman Distinguished Professor of Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford University.
He was Professor of Sociology at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, University of Paris, (1967-1979); Professor and Director of the Institute of the Sociology of New Technologies at the Autonomous University of Madrid (1988-1993); Research Professor on the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in Barcelona (1997), and Professor of Sociology and of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley (1979-2003).
He has been Visiting Professor at 15 universities around the world and invited lecturer at hundreds of academic and professional institutions in 43 countries. He has authored 19 books, including the trilogy The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture, published in 23 languages. He has also co-authored and edited an additional 22 books. He has received, among other distinctions, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the C. Wright Mills Award from the American Society for the Study of Social Problems; the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association; the Ithiel Sola Pool Award from the American Political Science Association; Catalonia's Narcís Monturiol Medal, Chile's Gabriela Mistral Order, the Order of Santiago from the President of Portugal and Catalonia's St George's Cross. He has received honorary doctorates from 12 universities. He has also received honorary professorships and medals from a number of universities. He is a Fellow of the European Academy and the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics and Finance, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
Among other distinguished appointments, he was a member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Information Technology and Global Development. In 2005, he was appointed by the European Commission to be a founding member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council.

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