In my time as an undergraduate in the 1980s at Universidad Central de Marta de las Villas (UCLV), research was a deeply pervasive need of that generation, a clear awareness of seeing the social and economic aspects, political and cultural processes through the sieve of science, and this concept Which was introduced at the time, is largely due to the university’s vice-rector for research at that center: Professor José Luis García Cuevas, PhD, who died suddenly.
Personally, I always had their support and was one of hundreds who needed it. I remember that in order to get a master’s thesis tutor that didn’t belong to the college I was studying at, I had to get their advice and approval. It was more than just a request for permission from the university’s highest scientific authority, an unforgettable conversation of a young girl with dreams and aspirations, with an open-minded, deeply enthusiastic professor, who spoke so passionately about the social sciences in which I feel I am a technical science specialist. Immediately Dr. C Manuel Martínez Casanova, a member of the Department of Philosophy, officially became a teacher for the Arts Student.
Then I understood that those minutes of exchange had transcended forever into my life. When I learned that I was in the PhD process I felt her support, encouragement and enthusiasm, we talked about the topic with enthusiasm and evoked her words: “Science makes us grow, she is a mentor…we can never forget her, she saves us, and practice needs her.”
But my personal memories are not important. I have many more in-depth posts, and they relate to his functions as Chairman of the Senate for Studies, and as Deputy to the National Assembly of People’s Power, and from his assignment as President of the Scientific Pole established in the province in the 1990s.
Suddenly, dear Dr. Jose Luis García Cuevas is gone in Havana. My teacher, my university president, my mentor, my co-worker, my friend, my idealist. It leaves us with a huge void. I will miss you so much, teacher. I will comply. pic.twitter.com/DIRgTYxoyz
– Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez (DiazCanelB) September 22, 2021
To conceive this scientific instrument, which I consider to be a very valuable work of creation, his charisma, knowledge, broad thinking and respect for knowledge were decisive trump cards for the scientific development of Villa Clara and its national launch.
He had to be seen dreaming of an integrative vision, to form an investigative monument: the second scientific pole of Cuba, formed on the basis of social problems and inspired by the ideas of the Commander in Chief.
The professor was the architect of the unit in all branches of science in the territory, standardized the projects, conceived the link between disciplines and between different institutions, including medical sciences, the first group of toxicology, and thus the study centers and institutes were unified. Such as the Center for Biochemical Activities, the Institute of Plant Biotechnology, the Center for Welding, Environmental Energy Technologies, Building Materials, and Social, Historical, Philosophical and Societal Research.
Under his auspices and tutelage, international and national events, workshops and seminars have arisen that are still in force. He was undoubtedly convinced of the value of interdisciplinarity in science.
This enthusiastic man was convinced of the importance of innovation and creativity and to link these processes to practice and to solve the pressing problems of society with the integrity and coherence of scientific research.
UCLV, which he loved dearly, awarded him various honors, among them Professor Honoris Causa of the institution. The monastery was dismayed by his sudden departure, his legacy still frail and support to continue working.
Dr. C. José Luis, El Gallego, will always be remembered for his multiple virtues but above all for his immense passion for science in order to make Cuba grow and develop.