Francisco Xavier Alcalá Navarro


Pseudonym: Xavier Alcalá
Category: Computer technician, professor and writer
Birth Date: 29th August 1947
Birth Place: Miguelturra (Ciudad Real)
Telephone: 981136116 - 670518226
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 Curriculum

After studying Primary and Secondary Education in Ferrol, she graduated as Telecommunication engineer in Madrid and took a doctor’s degree in Computer Science in the Department of Electronics and Systems (Faculty of Computer Science – A Coruña University). As far as his professional activity is concerned, he filled several offices: laboratory assistant in the Generale di Telefonia de Elettronica (Madrid and Milan) (1973-74), engineer in ONUBA (Teledyne Isotopes). Orangeburg (USA) and Madrid (1974-75), regional technical director of the Compagnie General de Radiologie (Thomson-CSF)(1975-77), regional delegate of ‘Hispano Electrónica’ (1977-81), manager of ‘Gaélico’ (1981-84), technical delegate of Sintel (1984-86), technical director of Galician Radio-TV, Santiago de Compostela (1986-88), assistant manager of North-West Sintel (1988-94), consultant of Lógica Sistemas de Información (1994-95), technical director of the Galician Centre of Innovation and Services (1995-2003), consultant of Emetel Systems and adviser of information technologies and communication in the Galician Centre of Innovation and Services. As far as his teaching activity is concerned, he worked as an assistant teacher in the Electronics and Systems Department and Information Technologies and Communication Department (A Coruña University). He gave postgraduate courses in the Faculty of Journalism at Santiago de Compostela University since 1999, courses for postgraduate students and Masters on Telecommunication Management (Catholic Argentinian University and Industrial Organization College in de Madrid).

 Work & Activities

Since 1971 up to the moment he has collaborated with many articles on Telematics and means in the newspapers El Ideal Gallego, El Correo Gallego, El Mundo, Diario de Ferrol and La Voz de Galicia (at present) and technical sections in the magazines BIT (College of Telecommunication Engineers) and ECO. Besides, he has published many reports read in several lectures and conferences: Entidades telemáticas: os novos parceiros comerciais, Troca de documentos comerciais das empresas de comunicação por via telemática em base à interrede global, An ideal model of data interchange based on a real model, ComprasAuto portal: EDI, web and XML, Futuras líneas de investigación en comercio electrónico B2B para el sector del automóvil, Teleinformação nos Andes venezuelanos... He wrote the following short novels: Voltar, (Galaxia, 1972), A Fundición, (Edicións do Castro, 1978), O Larvisión (Edicións do Castro, 1981), O Larvisión e outros relatos, (Xerais, 1984), Los Angeles Flash, (Xerais, 1989), Far South (Ir Indo, 1991), Contos das Américas, (Xerais, 1992), Contos do Impaís, (Xerais, 1992), Sucinto informe, (Consellería de Cultura, 1992), Relación de feitos de sangue, (ACK, 1994), Hotel Damasco, (Nigra, 1995), Palabras de cacique, (Xerais, 2002), O tafetán, (Embora, 2003), Piñón de Ferrol, (Xerais, 2003), Fóra de obxectivo, (A nosa Terra, 2003) and A guerra de Creta, (Consello da Cultura Galega, 2003). These are some of his most important novels: A Ínsua, A Nosa Cinza, Fábula, Nos Pagos de Huinca Loo, Tertulia, Fumes de Papel, Cárcere Verde, Latitude Austral, Código Morse, Alén da desventura and Entre fronteiras, (first volume of the trilogy Evanxélica memoria). He also wrote the travel books Arxentina, Viaxes no país de Elal, Argentina (collection Grandes reportajes) and La Habana flash; the translations A Illa do Tesouro (by Stevenson) and Un Estudio en Escarlata (by Conan Doyle). He is the author of the language method O Galego Hoxe (in collaboration with other authors) and the essays A galeguidade empresarial and Discurso do novo século. Besides, he wrote the song letters for Andrés do Barro such as 'Teño saudade', 'Rapaciña', 'Fogar de Breogán'...

 Other Interesting Aspects

He speaks Portuguese and English. He is married to Elena Baillie Yanzi, (Anglo-Argentinian), and has three children and a granddaughter. He was a member of the College of Telecommunication Engineers of Spain (1980-88), member of the Spanish Association of Telecommunication Engineers (1988-94), president of the Galician Association of Telecommunication Engineers (1992-94) and member of the Galician Association of Telecommunication Engineers (1994-2003). He was awarded several prizes for his literary creation.