Albert Vinicio Baez, Inventor, Author, & Humanitarian
While working on his doctorate at Stanford in the 1940s, Albert V. Baez co-invented the X-ray reflection microscope with Dr. Paul Kirkpatrick, a tool that has proven invaluable in the study of living cells and galaxies. The X-ray microscope enlarges images of samples illuminated with X-rays.
Baez, scientist and textbook author, was a pacifist, and while his expertise was in high demand during the Cold War, he refused to use it to advance the nuclear arms race. He taught at Baghdad University in 1951 and served as director of science teaching for UNESCO in Paris for six years.
Additionally, he supervised programs improving science education in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 1990, HENAAC (formerly Hispanic Engineer National Achievements Award Conference) awarded Dr. Baez the Chairman Award and later established the Albert V. Baez Award for Technical Excellence and Service to Humanity.
In addition to his scientific endeavors, Baez loved music and exposed his daughters to the arts. His daughters, Joan Baez and Mimi Fariña, went on to become famous folk singers.
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