IFLA has released biographical information on Fernando Picó, the keynote speaker at its annual conference in San Juan in August:
The Jesuit priest Fernando Picó was born in Santurce on August 15, 1941. He had his primary education at the Colegio San Ignacio, where his ecclesiastical interests started. He moved to the United States to study for a BA at the University of Springfield and then further to study at Johns Hopkins. His religious propensity led him to join the Jesuits and become a priest. Picó distinguishes himself through his total dedication to the cause of the less fortunate and the study of the history of Puerto Rico.
Picó is an expert on Nineteenth-century Puerto Rico. In fact, he is considered the highest authority in this area of study (XIX century) and in the field of the island’s history.
In 1971, he made his final vows as a priest and, following, completed his doctorate in history. He has studied in Spain, Italy and the United States.
Fernando Picó has also served as Professor of History of Puerto Rico. Picó is considered one of the great intellectuals and historians of the island, and has written and published in several magazines and newspapers, both in Puerto Rico and abroad.
His work “Puerto Rico: General history” is compulsory when studying the history of Puerto Rico. In 1997, the Week of the Library at the University of Puerto Rico, was dedicated to him for being an example as an academic and a scholar. His articles in ‘Claridad’ [a Puerto Rican periodical] and ‘El Nuevo Dia’ usually carry a positive message on how to help improve the quality of life in Puerto Rico. He has also written children’s stories, for example, “The red comb”.
Generally, Fernando Picó is seen as a model for modern historians, for his dedication, commitment and devotion to his work as an historian.
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