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Biotecnología Aplicada

On-line version ISSN 1027-2852

Biotecnol Apl vol.28 no.2 La Habana Apr.-June 2011

 

OBITUARY

 

Dr. Gustavo Kourí Flores (Havana, January 11, 1936 - Havana, May 6, 2011)

 


Great was our shame to know about the sudden death of our dear friend and colleague Dr Gustavo Kourí Flores last May 5th. He died leaving behind a vast and solid scientific career devoted to our people and the Cuban Revolution.

Dr Kourí, MD and PhD, significantly continued the tradition of his father whom the Tropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kourí (IPK) in Havana was named after. Dr Kourí was one of the founders of the Cuban System for Biomedical Research, performing as Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research of Cuba since 1968 until 1970, when he started as vice Dean at the Faculty of Medicine in Havana. Later on, he performed as vice-rector of Research and Postgraduate studies at Havana University, a work continued at nationwide level once constituted the Higher Education Ministry in 1976. Specialized in Virology, he was also President of the Cuban Society for Microbiology and Parasitology, and vice-president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

He attended the request of our Commander in Chief Fidel Castro in 1977 to enforce the scientific performance of the IPK, leading this center to a remarkable excellence through the years in the field of infectious diseases in Cuba and other countries. His main research contributions were in parasitology, Dengue prevention and vector eradication areas. Recently, he was awarded as Honorary Director-Founder of the IPK by the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Health.

Regarding publications, he authored more than 200 scientific publications, and 2 books. He was founder of the Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical journal and a founding member of the Advisory Board of our journal Biotecnología Aplicada, also coauthoring works published within its pages.

During his prolific scientific and social life, he received several awards as: Work Hero of the Republic of Cuba issued by the Cuban Council of State, the Carlos J Finlay medal, and other Cuban and foreign awards.

Our respect and gratitude to our professor, colleague and friend, whose life achievements will serve us as inspiration for pursuing the wellbeing of the Cuban people, and to obtain further breakthroughs in science and its social contribution.

Sincerely

Editorial and Advisory boards
Biotecnología Aplicada journal
Havana, May 7th, 2011