He was born in México in 1934. He studied Chemical Engineering at the National University of México, Master of Science in Nuclear Technology at the University of Puerto Rico and Diplomat in Nuclear Metallurgy at the Nuclear Center of Saclay, France.
His professional work started at the Laboratory of the Federal Commission for Electricity and later in the Nuclear Fuel Pilot Plant of the National Commission for Nuclear Energy. After, he moved to the National University to initiate some courses in Nuclear Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Reactor Design and Nuclear Fusion. His research labor was oriented on the same topics and, more recently, to the applications of X-ray Fluorescence to pollution measurements.
He has published about 50 papers in scientific journals, supervised 35 undergraduate and graduate thesis works and participated in 18 national and international congresses. As well, he has been a referee for several journals and reviewed some textbooks on Radiochemistry and Cosmology.
Otherwise, he was a founder of the Mexican Chemical Society and President of its Nuclear Chemistry Division for 40 years and he is a member of the International Nuclear Chemistry Society. He received the medal of Nuclear Energy Pioneer in México from the National Institute for Nuclear Research in 1995.
His interest in Edgar Allan Poe initiated in 1999 with the reading of Eureka, where Poe proposed many scientific concepts that have been confirmed later and analyzed in his essay published in 2000 (Edgar Allan Poe and Science, www.poedecoder.com). As well he contributed with Regina Pimentel to another essay on “Poe as a steampunk”. Now he is preparing an additional essay on Eureka foresights.
René van Slooten
He was born in 1944 in The Netherlands. He studied chemical engineering and science history and worked in the food industry in Europe, Africa and Asia.The past years he works in the production of bio-fuels from organic waste materials, especially in developing countries. His interest in Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Eureka’ started in 1982, when he found an antiquarian edition and read the scientific and philosophical ideas that were unheard of in 1848. He became a member of the international ‘Edgar Allan Poe Studies Association’ and his first article about ‘Eureka’ appeared in 1986 in a major Dutch magazine. Since then he published numerous articles, essays and letters on Poe and ‘Eureka’ in Dutch magazines and newspapers, but also in the international magazines ‘Nature’, ‘NewScientist’ and TIME. He published the first Dutch ‘Eureka’ translation (2003) and presented two papers on ‘Eureka’ at the international Poe conferences in Baltimore (2002) and Philadelphia (2010).
His main interest in ‘Eureka’ is its history and acceptance in Europe and its influence on philosophy and science during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Dr. Harry Lee (Hal) Poe serves as Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Poe has published over 100 articles and reviews and has written or contributed to over thirty books, including his 2009 Edgar Award winning book Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to his Tell-Tale Stories(Barnes & Noble, 2008), The Inklings of Oxford (Zondervan, 2009), What God Knows (Baylor, 2005), See No Evil: The Existence of Sin in an Age of Relativism (Kregel, 2004), Christianity in the Academy: Teaching at the Intersection of Faith and Learning (Baker Academic, 2004), Christian Witness in a Postmodern World (Abingdon, 2001), The Gospel and Its Meaning (Zondervan, 1996), The Fruit of Christ’s Presence (Broadman, 1990), and three books on science and religion with Jimmy H. Davis: Chance or Dance (Templeton, 2008), Designer Universe (Broadman & Holman, 2002) which won a Christianity Today book of the year Merit Award, and Science and Faith (Broadman & Holman, 2000). He is co-editor with his daughter Rebecca of The Good, the True, and the Beautiful: Meditations (Chalice, 2008) and C. S. Lewis Remembered (Zondervan, 2006) a book of recollections by the former students of Lewis.
Dr. Poe serves on several boards, including the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation and Museum of Richmond, VA (President), the American Scientific Affiliation, and the Christian Scholar’s Review. Formerly he served with the Jackson Symphony of Jackson, TN (President), The Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education (President), and the C. S. Lewis Foundation of Redlands, CA and Oxford, England with which he also worked as program director for the triennial C. S. Lewis Summer Institute.
Regina Pimentel (webmaster)
She is a Brazilian electrical engineer, M.Sc in System Engineering. She is now retired, and has worked through her professional life in power planning, energy regulation, electric load forecast and energy commercialization. Her first concern about Poe was the philosophical aspects of his thoughts, not forgetting the amazing literary aspects of his satiric, fantastic and detective stories. She considered Eureka to be a masterpiece, dealing with the interface between philosophy, mathematics and something more, that Poe claimed to be “poetry”. She plans as soon as possible to make some contributions on this matter.