Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fidel Castro Awarded Medal by Cuban Academy of Sciences

Jose Ramon Fernandez receives the medal for Fidel. AIN FOTO/Abel Ernesto

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, May 20 (ACN) The Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC, Spanish acronyms) acknowledged Fidel Castro with the commemorative medal of the 150th anniversary of the creation of the institution.

The distinction was received during a solemn ceremony at the St Geronimo University College of Havana by the vice president of the Council of Ministers Jose Ramon Fernandez who will pass it down to the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

The meeting, attended by representatives of academies from other countries, marked the day in which the Royal Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Havana was founded. The institution later became the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

Havana’s historian Eusebio Leal Spengler, a member of honor of the academy, gave the opening speech of the ceremony. He recalled Cuban scientists who made important contributions to the island and the world, such as Carlos J. Finlay, best known for having named the Dengue Fever transmitting mosquito; Tomas Romay, who introduced vaccination in Cuba, 1804; and Felipe Poey, an expert on the Cuban fauna, particularly butterflies and fishes.

ACC president Ismael Clark stressed the Cuban government’s support of scientific development which has resulted in important medical and scientific achievements.

Jose Ramon Fernandez quoted Fidel Castro as saying that the future has to be necessary of people of sciences.

The meeting was presided over by the minister of Science, Technology and Environment, Jose Miyar Barrueco.

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