Carlos Chagas Filho, an articulator of the history of sciences in Brazil

Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins, Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia, Rua Joaquim Campos Porto 278, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.
História Ciências Saúde-Manguinhos 04/2012; 19(2):637-52. DOI: 10.1590/S0104-59702012005000001
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A letter sent in 1982 by a group of scientists to the president of Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico appealed for a policy of preservation of Brazilian scientific culture. The name of Carlos Chagas Filho topped the list of signatures thereby proving his commitment to that proposal, the ideological structure of which was part of his experience in scientific policy in Brazil and abroad. This document harks back to the practice of the history of the sciences in Brazil and the creation of places for the safeguard and organization of scientific memory, such as the Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz and the Sociedade Brasileira de História da Ciência, of which Carlos Chagas Filho was an inaugural member of the board of directors.

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