Why is Science and Technology Day celebrated on April 10?

For 39 years, this date has been commemorated every April 10th around the world in honor of the Argentine scientist Bernardo Houssay.

Since 1982, every April 10, the Day of Science and Technology is celebrated in honor of the Argentine scientist Bernardo Houssay for his discoveries in Physiology and Medicine, particularly in the role of the pituitary gland in the regulation of the amount of sugar in the blood, through the metabolism of carbohydrates. This date was established by the General Conference of Unesco in honor of the birth of the Argentine scientist.

 

Who was Bernardo Alberto Houssay?

He was an Argentine physician and pharmacist born on April 10, 1887. Thanks to his discoveries on the role played by the pituitary hormones in the regulation of the amount of sugar in the blood (glucose), he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1947, being the first Latin American to receive the Nobel Prize in Science.

 

In 1972, the Organization of American States incorporated the “Bernardo Houssay Award” to honor the most important researchers of the American continent. In addition, he was named Doctor Honoris Causa by 49 universities, member of 55 academies and 139 scientific societies.

 

Today, Houssay’s discoveries continue to be an example for researchers around the world to continue working on the advancement of science as a means to improve the quality of life of all human beings, since technology undoubtedly plays a fundamental role in all our societies and is a crucial instrument for the development of our daily activities.

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