Havana, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The Carlos J. Finlay Order will be granted on Saturday to more than 25 Cuban researchers as an acknowledgement of their meritorious work and contributions to the development of society.
During the awarding ceremony, to be held at the auditorium of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba, the National Center for Toxicology, an institution founded 29 years ago, will also be honored.
The Order was established on January 21, 1928, in honor of Cuban Doctor and Scientist Carlos J. Finlay (1833-1915), who discoverer that the Aedes aegypti mosquito was the vector that transmits the yellow fever.
Cuban Doctor Francisco Dominguez (1864-1942), who introduced radiology and physiotherapy in Cuba, was among the first award winners.
The Carlos J. Finlay Order has been granted by the Council of State to national and foreign personalities who have excelled for their merits and contributions to Cuba’s socio-economic development.
On May 25, 1981, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first awarded the International Prize that bears the Cuban doctor”s name in recognition of achievements in microbiology.
In 1975, UNESCO included Finlay among the six leading microbiologists in history, along with Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, Ilia Mechnikov and Walther Flemming.