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Icons & Legends

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back”.

We refer to Abraham Lincoln´s phrase to acknowledge the contribution of those who traced the first furrow of innovation in Latin America – a part of Innovadores de América´s DNA. You cannot advance without acknowledging those who were the first to set the course. More than noblesse, commitment and gratefulness oblige. These are the 2016 Icons & Legends honored by Innovadores de America.

Dra. Susana López Charretón

She was born on June 19, 1957, in Mexico City and presently resides in Cuernavaca, Morelos. She holds several degrees and a PhD in...

José Antonio Abreu

He was born in Valera, Venezuela on May 7, 1939. He holds the titles of Performing Professor, Composer and Orchestra Director. He studied music...

Dra. Julieta Norma Fierro

She was born in Mexico City on February 24, 1948; she is an astronomer and science promoter. She created a television series called “Beyond...

Dra. María Otero

Dr. María Otero was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and is a leading voice in microfinancing, women´s issues, and alleviation of poverty. She has...

Dr. Franklin Chang

Until he retired in July 2005, Franklin Chang-Diaz was an astronaut and physicist born in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1950, becoming an American...

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Icons & Legends

Dr. Franklin Chang

Until he retired in July 2005, Franklin Chang-Diaz was an astronaut and physicist born in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1950, becoming an American citizen in 1977. His last name is reminiscent of martial arts because Chang is of Chinese ascendants. When he was about to finish high school, his parents sent him to the United States with only $50 in his pocket. His film, far from martial arts, could have been titled A Costa Rican lost in America. But Chang did not allow fate to choose for him, he graduated and later attended the University of Connecticut, where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1973. Later he obtained a PhD in...