Professor José M. Parera was born in Argentina in 1930. He graduated as Chemical Engineer at the School of Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1958 as the top-ranked graduate of the Department. He was then granted a National Research Council (CONICET) scholarship to study at Imperial College in London, where he started his work on heterogeneous catalysis.
In his long, fruitful career, he was Founder and Director of Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (INCAPE) of Santa Fe, Argentina and a pioneer throughout Latin America in teaching and research in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. He served as a member of the Editorial Board of several international journals in that field, such as Catalysis Reviews Science and Engineering, Applied Catalysis, Latin American Applied Research and Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. He received many awards and retired as Honorary Professor of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral.