MANUEL ELKIN PATARROYO MURILLO
Manuel Elkin Patarroyo is a Colombian scientist born on November 3rd 1946 in Ataco, Tolima . He was born into a family of 11 children, his family was decisive to his development as a scientist.
Patarroyo was graduated of high school in 1964, from the School José Max León of Bogotá. In 1965 he entered to study medicine at the National University of Colombia and he obtained his doctor title in Medicine and Surgery in December 1971.
He worked hard to find a synthetic vaccine against the malaria, an illness transmitted by the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, in 1994 he won the Prize Prince of Asturias of Scientific Investigation and Technique.
On the other hand, Patarroyo has received infinity of badges: Gentleman of San Carlos' Order on the part of the Presidency of the Republic (1984); medal to the merit of the National University of Colombia (1985); among others.
Patarroyo donated the vaccine, in May of 1993, to the World Organization of the Health (OMS), with the condition that its production and commercialization were made in Colombia.
At the moment Manuel Elkin Patarrollo continues working in the Colombian Institute of Immunology, where he directs different investigative projects and where he fights for the formation of Colombian scientists.
Today, Manuel Elkin Patarroyo, the 52-year-old Colombian physician is working on a universal method for developing vaccines with his team of 180 chemists, physicists, mathematicians, microbiologists, biologists and physicians in the Institute of Immunology at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Bogota. And he also gives conferences to fellow scientists, and also addresses schoolchildren.
Patarroyo is an investigator, he likes to participate as a presenter in infinity of congresses and national meetings and foreigners, he likes to investigate in the field of the genetics and immunology, he doesn’t like to waste his time in superficial things.
I strongly believe that this important scientist has worked hard , with effort, study and dedication, He gives his love of science to the people around the World , and he is an example of humanitarian heroe.
Andrea Villamizar Ruiz