Jorge Reynolds

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Nov 23, 2016 01:15
Jorge Reynolds Pombo was born in Bogota in 1936. When he was just 21 yers old, he developed the first artificial pace maker with internal electrodes, device that has saved the life of more than 75 million people around the world. Colombian pride who generously shares with us his life, feats, joys and sensitivity.

It is surprising to be before a scientist who in his early shcool years was not precisely an excellent student. His passing over seven schools did not foretell the intellectual level that he would have at Trinity College in Cambridge, England, where he was granted a scholarship since the first semester and where he graduated as electronic engineer and met Albert Einstein as a teacher.
The genetic confluence is also surprising. By his mother he descends from the writer Rafael Pombo and, the wise Francisco José de Caldas. From the wise he keeps a butterflies collection and papers in his personal desk.
By his father he decends from Oswald Reynolds, a doctor who contributed to the first X-rays equipment development that arrived to England, when he worked with Madamme Curie, and that still is conserved at the British Museum. His father was Petroleum engineer and diplomatic, which allowed him to be exposed to different cultures and languages.
His mother molded him with discipline and helped him to develop his musical sensitivity. Mrs Rosa whom he remembers with her soaked eyes, he did practice piano five ours a day, she baked for him desserts that he remembers with affection.
Jorge Reynolds Pombo nació en Bogotá en 1936. Apenas a los 21 años desarrolló el primer marcapasos artificial externo con electrodos internos, instrumento que le ha salvado la vida a más de 75 millones de personas en el mundo. Orgullo colombiano que nos comparte generosamente su vida, sus hazañas, sus alegrías y su sensibilidad.
No deja de sorprender estar frente a un científico que en sus primeros años no fue un excelente estudiante. Su correría por siete colegios no auguraba el nivel intelectual que tendría en Trinity College de Cambridge, Inglaterra, donde estuvo becado desde primer semestre y donde se graduó como ingeniero electrónico y conoció a Albert Einstein como maestro.
La confluencia genética de Jorge Reynolds también es sorprendente. Por su línea materna desciende del escritor Rafael Pombo y del sabio Francisco José de Caldas. Del sabio conserva la colección de mariposas, documentos y su escritorio personal. Por línea paterna desciende de Oswald Reynolds, médico que contribuyó al desarrollo del primer equipo de Rayos X que llegó a Inglaterra, cuando trabajaba con Madamme Curie, y que aún se conserva en el Museo Británico. Su padre era ingeniero de petróleos y diplomático, lo que le permitió exponerse a varias culturas e idiomas. Su madre moldeó su disciplina y labró su sensibilidad musical. Doña Rosa, a quien recuerda con sus ojos “encharcados”, practicaba cinco horas diarias el piano y le horneaba deliciosos postres que recuerda con nostalgia.

Por: AGiraldo (Caracol radio).