Cuba's future was meant to lie in its scientists; did it work out that way?
By Gregory MonePosted 02.21.2008 at 11:10 am 0 Comments
Not long after Fidel Castro took control of Cuba, he declared that the future of the country would rest with scientists"un futuro de hombres de ciencia." After Castro formally stepped down on Tuesday, Discovery News published a photo-based review of some of the best known Cuban scientific leaders of the Castro era; and the impact that high-level government decisions, and foreign relations, has had on research in the country. Among the featured few are the cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, pictured above, who flew on the Russian Soyuz 38 mission in 1980, and Vicente Verez-Bencomo, who has helped develop low-cost vaccines for meningitis and pneumonia.