07.11.2013

Víctor Penchaszadeh received the Perfil Prize for Argentinian intelligence

The world-recognised Argentinian geneticist, a key player when the National DNA Data Bank was moved away to its new location as an agency of the Ministry of Science, has been awarded a prize by a jury of recognised scientists.

Víctor Penchaszadeh received the Perfil Prize for Argentinian intelligence

Together with Estela de Carlotto, Mr Penchaszadeh thanked for this recognition.

This event has been organised by Editorial Perfil, and Mr. Víctor Penchaszadeh, who coordinated the transfer of the National DNA Bank together with Mr. Héctor Targovnik. The former received a prize from Ms. Estela de Carlotto, given by Editorial Perfil to the Intelligence of Argentinians. This prize is awarded every year to outstanding persons in the fields of arts, sciences, politics, and culture from our country.

“This recognition is for the organisation of “Abuelas (Grandmothers) de Plaza de Mayo”, as today we would not have this grandparent index without them, for they helped us face the challenge posed in 1982 about what we could do, once our democracy returned, to identify children stolen by the military undemocratic government."

During the award ceremony and before going on stage to receive his prize, the organisers read a summary of Mr Penchaszadeh's experience, His essential contribution to the development of the first grandparent index, which allowed the identification of missing persons’ children, his commitment with human rights, and his support to Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo , and the responsibility he assumed when he was designated as one of the persons to coordinate the transfer of the BNDG to its new location, at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation.

Estela de Carlotto and Rosa Roisinblit, members of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo association, joined Mr Penchaszadeh at this ceremony, who thanked everyone for this recognition and added: “I do not know how intelligent I am because I never made an intelligence test, but what I may say is that intelligence is a double-edged sword; as if it is not associated with a purpose in  life or work involving the society’s needs and the exercise of humanity, it is not worth the effort.”

He also thanked the journalists from such science and technology newspaper, the members of the jury and recalled the scientists who were involved when they found the grandparent index and the creation of the National DNA Data Bank. By the end of his speech, he highlighted that: “This recognition is for the organisation of “Abuelas (Grandmothers) de Plaza de Mayo”, as today we would not have this grandparent index without them, for they helped us face the challenge posed in 1982 about what we could do, once our democracy returned, to identify children stolen by the military undemocratic government."

The Argentine journalist Juan Miceli was another awardee, as well as the American journalist, Glenn Greenwald from The Guardian newspaper, the Roman Catholic Priest known as Father Pepe, who was an awardee in the category of Politics and Public Service, and the theatre director and actors’ coach, Agustín Alezzo, and the Konex Cultural Centre.

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