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César Cuello

He holds a PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with emphasis on sustainable development and environmental management, University of Delaware, USA; M.Sc. in History of Science and Technology, with emphasis on technological transfer, Polytechnic University, N. Y.; B.A. in Philosophy, major on sociological theory, State University “Lomonosov”, Moscow. He was research dean and professor at the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC). He was director of the Latin American Social Sciences Faculty (FLACSO) – Dominican Republic. He has carried out research in many fields, author of several publications related to science, technology and environmental sustainability. At present, he is a research professor at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.


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Alberto Santos Dumont

Thus he started to learn the secrets of engineering by merely watching how his mother´s sewing machine worked, like taking apart a radio to find out its secret. After a visit to Paris with his father, in 1891, where he was able to observe for the first time a gas motor, the proverbial light bulb shone over his head: Why not join the sewing machine’s gears and pulleys with a gas motor in order to connect them to a balloon? At that time, balloons merely floated but could not be piloted. Many thought Santos Dumont was crazy – at that time, balloons were filled with hydrogen, highly explosive, and it did not seem smart...


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