Selected works by Oscar Varsavsky. Pedro Sánz, Alfredo Eric Calcagno, eds. Centro Editor de América Latina, Buenos Aires, 1983. 416 pp.

I met Oscar Varsavsky in a cavernous classroom of the University of Buenos Aires engineering school in the mid-1950s. He was my recitation instructor for a mathematics class, and at the time I was not aware that he had a doctorate or that he was more qualified than the professor. Today I am well aware of his qualifications and his impact on science policy throughout the region. But few people outside Latin America know of the man or his contributions, from his brief affair with communism (he was a member of the first communist cell of science students at a time when the party was illegal and heavily persecuted) to his leadership of a group developing mathematical models for the economies...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!
Already a member?