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Albert V. Baez was born in Puebla, Mexico in November of 1912 but his family moved to the United States when he was two. While working on his Ph.D. at Stanford in the 40's, he and Dr. Paul Kirkpatrick invented the x-ray reflecting microscope, by developing grazing incidence mirrors to focus x-rays (the Kirkpatrick-Baez geometry), which was instrumental in opening the field of x-ray optics. Early in his career Dr. Baez turned his attention to science education. In 1951 he accepted an invitation from the newly formed UNESCO to teach a year in Baghdad and help develop a university level introductory physics lab. He and his wife describe their adventures (along with those of their three daughters) in A Year in Baghdad. The book simply and effectively describes the challenges, heartbreaks and unexpected costs that occur at the interface of two very different cultures. Later Albert Baez participated in the Physical Science Studies Committee (PSSC), a project that redefined secondary school physics education. His work primarily focused on producing films for the PSSC. From 1961-67 Dr. Baez served as the first director of the science education program of UNESCO and supervised programs improving science education in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. After retiring Dr. Baez served as president of Vivamos Mejor(USA), an organization devoted to improving the quality of life in the villages of Latin America through community-based science education and environmental programs. In 1967 Dr. Baez published a textbook, The New Physics: A Spiral Approach and he was one of the editors for The Environment and Science and Technology Education, the proceedings of the 1985 Bangalore conference on Science and Technology Education and the Future of Human Needs. He wrote an essay of his life for the collection Mexican Voices/American Dreams: an Oral History of Mexican Immigration to the United States (1990) edited by Marilyn P. Davis. In 1990 HENAAC (formerly Hispanic Engineer National Achievements Award Conference) awarded Dr. Baez the Chairman Award. Five years later HENAAC established the Albert V. Baez Award for Technical Excellence and Service to Humanity in his honor. He passed away March 20, 2007 of natural causes