Manuel Castells, born in Spain in 1942 is Research Professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), in Barcelona. He also holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for 24 years. He is as well the Malvin and Joanne Grossman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Technology and Society at the Massachussets Institute of Techology. He was professor of Sociology at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, University of Paris. He has been Visiting Professor in 15 universities around the world and invited lecturer at hundreds of academic and professional institutions in 43 countries.
He received, among other Prizes, 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 Kevin Lynch Award from the MIT; the Ithiel Sola Pool award from the American Political Science Association, the National Medal of Science of Catalonia; the Order of the Lion of Finland; the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government; and the Order Gabriela Mistral from the President of Chile. He was appointed to the European Academy in 1994. He is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics and Finance.
He has received Doctorates Honoris Causa from 13 universities in Europe, North America, and Latin America. Among other distinguished appointments he was a member of the European Commission´s High Level Expert Group on the Information Society, a member of the United Nations Secretary General´s Advisory Board on Information Technology and Global Development, and a member of the United Nations Secretary General´s Advisory Panel on the Global Civil Society.