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  • 5 Hispanic scientists in US history
  • Prominent Latinos who have left their mark.
  • Cultural diversity in the United States.

In the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize the significant contributions that Hispanics have made to the science of the United States.

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Who has Hispanic heritage?

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When we talk about Hispanics or Latinos, we refer to the nearly 60 million people in the United States who identify as such.

Their roots may be of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South American, Central American or another Spanish culture, regardless of their race.

Here, we present 4 Hispanic scientists who have revolutionized science in the United States and around the world.

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1. Luis Walter Álvarez

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Hispanic Scientists in the U.S. PHOTO: Nobel Prize

However, it wasn’t until 1988, during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, that it expanded to encompass a whole month, according to CNN en Español.

Throughout this month, we commemorate and honor distinguished Latinos or Hispanics who have left an indelible mark on the history of the United States.

Among them are historical names in science, such as Luis Walter Álvarez, a renowned physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1968.

«For his decisive contributions to elementary particle physics, in particular the discovery of a large number of resonant states.»

2. Baruch Benacerraf

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We also celebrate Baruj Benacerraf, a distinguished immunologist and scientist born on October 29, 1920, in Caracas, Venezuela, into a Sephardic family.

He was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1980 for a discovery that left its mark on the history of the United States.

This award was for the discovery of «genetically determined structures on the cell surface that regulate immune reactions.»

He was also elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1971, among other notable distinctions.

3. Lydia Villa-Komaroff

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On the list for Hispanic Heritage Month is Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a Mexican-American biologist specializing in molecular biology.

Her discoveries about insulin have been praised by medical experts and are considered pioneering in the biotechnology industry.

She has also helped to understand some of the causes of one of the most well-known diseases, Alzheimer’s.

The Hispanic scientist was born in New Mexico and is one of the founders of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

4. Ellen Ochoa

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Ellen Ochoa is a Mexican-American astronaut and scientist who has made a significant impact on space exploration and scientific research.

Born on May 10, 1958, in Los Angeles, California, Ochoa is especially known for being the first Hispanic woman to travel to space.

Ellen Ochoa joined NASA in 1990 and became an astronaut in 1991. She completed four missions on the space shuttle.

She traveled on the historic STS-56 mission of the Discovery shuttle in 1993, where she contributed to research on Earth’s ozone layer and other scientific experiments.

5. Juan M. Maldacena

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Juan Maldacena is an Argentine theoretical physicist known for his outstanding contributions to theoretical physics and string theory.

Born in 1968 in Buenos Aires, Maldacena has made a significant mark on the scientific community.

His most famous work is the formulation of the AdS/CFT conjecture, a groundbreaking idea that connects gravity in an anti-de Sitter (AdS) space with a quantum field theory (CFT) on the boundary of space.

This conjecture, also known as the AdS/CFT correspondence, has had a profound impact on theoretical physics and has opened new perspectives in understanding quantum gravity and string theory.

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