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Princess of Asturias Awards

05/13/2014

Jacinto Convit, Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, has died

Convit was jointly conferred the Award in 1987 along with Pablo Rudomín for “his contributions to our understanding of important infectious and parasitic diseases”.

Jacinto Convit, 1987 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research ©FPA

Jacinto Convit, 1987 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, has died.

The Jury unanimously decided to confer the Prince of Asturias Prize for Technical and Scientific Research jointly on Jacinto Convit and Pablo Rudomín. “Dr Convit has been designated for his contributions to our understanding of important infectious and parasitic diseases, especially the immunopathology of leprosy. Considered one of the leading figures worldwide in the fight against leprosy, Dr Convit has developed models of vaccination against this disease”, as stated in the Minutes of the Jury.

The Jury was chaired by Severo Ochoa and made up of Fernando de Asúa, Manuel Ballester Boix, Antonio González González, Francisco Grande Covián, Fernando Lozano, Alberto Marcos Vallaure, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Francisco Michavila, Juan Oró, José Palacios Carvajal, Rafael Portaencasa, Julio Rodríguez Villanueva, Francisco Sánchez Martínez, Francisco Javier Sitges and José Antonio Martínez (as acting secretary).

  The Awards Ceremony took place on 29th October in the presence of TM The King and Queen of Spain and HRH The Prince of Asturias. The speeches at the ceremony were given by Camilo José Cela, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the then president of the Foundation, Plácido Arango, and HRH Prince Felipe de Borbón.

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