Premio Nobel de Química

en Cuba "Peter Agre"

Encuentro con Fidel Castro R. Encuentro con estudiantes UH


Breve información de Peter Agre:

A native Minnesotan, Peter Agre studied chemistry at Augsburg College (B.A. 1970) and medicine at Johns Hopkins (M.D. 1974). Agre joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty in 1984 and rose to the rank of Professor of Biological Chemistry and Professor of Medicine. Peter C. Agre, is the winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Dr. Agre received the Nobel for discovering the long-searched-for mechanism by which water passes through cell membranes, which he and a colleague documented in a 1992 paper in the journal Science.

In Johns Hopkins he progressed among the ranks of the faculty and ultimately was appointed as a full professor in the department of biological chemistry. Agre leads the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI). Agre became director at JHMRI and joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on January 1, 2008. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He is also a founding member of Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA).

Agre is known among science students for his humanity and humility. One of the reasons he gives for this is the grade of "D" Agre received in his first chemistry class, despite having a father who was a chemistry professor. He also notes that his prize-winning research was originally an investigation of the molecular identity of the human blood Rh factor, and his initial discovery of aquaporins was purely serendipitous. He appeared on The Colbert Report, discussing SEA, sound science in politics, and the decline of American knowledge of science, among other topics.

Agre visited Cuba for the first time in late 2011 together with a delegation of the American Association for the Advance of  Science (AAAS). Then, he also visited the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Havana and delivered a lecture in a large classroom full of undergraduate students. He easily gained the favor of the attendance because his modesty and nice stories, even delivered in English language. He also visited Cuba in 2014 without further contact with Chemistry students although participated in important agreements between the AAAS and the Cuban Academy of Sciences.