Monday, 12 May 2014

A great Venezuelan scientist died

Jacinto Convit García just died. He was 100 years old and yet he died prematurely. He was one of the most productive Venezuelans in the last 80 decades or so.

When I was a child my parents took me to a workshop where don Jacinto was talking in a plain fashion to the general public about the work he had been doing through the decades. I still remember that day as a very magical day, a day of meeting someone who was truly into 1) discovering how nature works and 2) helping people.

Convit got the Príncipe de Asturias Award for Science and the Légion d'Honneur for his research on leprosy and Leishmaniasis.

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