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A Scientist for all Seasons: Guillermo Arroyave, 1922–2008

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Guillermo (Willy) Arroyave was born on June 29, 1922. During his 86 years, he proved to be a man and a scientist for all seasons, and a major contributor to the honor and nutritional reputation of his native Guatemala, and to our knowledge of human nutrient deficiencies and their control. Willy Arroyave life history provides both a scientific and a humanitarian legacy. His recent passing on August 20, 2008, provides us with an opportunity to reflect on his life and work. Dr Arroyave received his first academic degree in pharmacy in 1947 at the San Carlos University of Guatemala. He received his second degree, a Masters in nutrition and food science, in 1948 from the Massachusetts Institute of Techno – logy. He worked at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), almost from the day it opened its doors on September 15, 1949, until his retirement in 1982. This was considered the “golden age” of this Central American institution, which produced important discoveries in knowledge, technology and innovation, while providing a standard of excellence and relevance for nutrition and food science. Shortly after the founding of INCAP, he was sent off again to the United States for further training in nutritional biochemistry. He received a PhD from the University of Rochester in 1953, and married his wife, Connie. The couple returned to Guatemala and become the parents of five children: María Julia, John, Betsy, Nancy, and José.

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Year 2008
Authors Noel W. Solomons
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/KUBV7110
DOI Number 10.52439/KUBV7110
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