Argentina, Born 1942
As one of Argentina’s foremost scientists and educators, Dr Guillermo Jaim-Etcheverry has spent a lifetime furthering medical research and education, believing that quality education is an effective way to fight poverty.
Jaim-Etcheverry’s dual interests, science and education, were fostered by his parents — a physician and a teacher. He was intellectually curious from an early age and went on to build an impressive academic record, including a medical degree and a Ph.D with honours from the School of Medicine at the University of Buenos Aires. In the mid-1960s, he embarked on a career as a neurobiologist at Argentina’s National Council of Scientific and Technical Research where he was made principal investigator in 1984. Two years later, after more than two decades of teaching and research at the School of Medicine’s Department of Cell Biology and Histology, Jaim-Etcheverry became a professor as well as dean of the school, a position he held for four years.
In 2002, he was elected president of Argentina’s largest university, with 300,000 students. For Dr Jaim-Etcheverry, “providing quality education to everybody must be the main objective for Argentina”. He believes this is an effective way to improve conditions in the country.
A prolific writer in the press, he recently published the award-winning and best-selling book, The Educational Tragedy. Among his many accolades, he was a Guggenheim fellow and is a member of the National Academy of Education. In 2001, he received the National Academy of Medicine’s Master of Medicine prize.
Jaim-Etcheverry is also a lover of the arts who enjoys literature, painting, music and cinema.
Published in 2004