Francisco Canovas Copino, passionate about science in Lorca

between the The most important figures of the nineteenth century It undoubtedly occupies a prestigious place in Lorca Francisco Canovas Copinoa A leading figure in the culture, politics and society of the time Human, intellectual and scientific standing Could It is not highlighted enough As it deserves a man of splendid training, devoted to educating, educating, and educating the citizens, there were so many disciplines of medicine, physics, chemistry, history, natural sciences, biology, prehistory, paleontology… that were of interest to him all his life. An entire life devoted to study, research and teaching.

Francisco Jose Bautista Canovas Cubino Born in Lorca on August 29, 1821Son Jose Ramon de Canovaswho was a butcher, and Victoria Thomasa CubenoIts headquarters are on Rodríguez Street, up to pósito, San Patricio Parish. He graduated in medicine from the University of Valencia (1845), a profession which he practiced in his hometown for the next twenty years. As trustee of the city council, in 1859 He proposed the establishment of an institute of secondary education in LorcaAn initiative supported by the Municipal Corporation.

His perseverance and good management took shape in 1864 with the establishment of this educational center in Lorca in a building The old school of immaculate. There he then began a new phase as a teacher, teaching the subject of natural sciences and was Temporary Professor of Agriculture, a system that was paid for by the Irrigation Union. In 1868 he graduated in surgery, obtaining a Bachelor of Natural Sciences at the University of Madrid, and, a year later, by the opposition, chair of natural history at the Institute of Our City, where he was secretary (from 1864 to 1866), director (from 1866 to 1872), and vice-principal from 1874.

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In the Memory of the 1877-1878 Track ConvertibleSociety has changed today: It is not enough to be an educated personQuote from the text of Cicero […] It is necessary to have knowledge of the history of the country to be inhabited, to be aware of all that surrounds us and which we use for our needs; Study the machines and devices that favor our activity, s Since all this presupposes order, arithmetic, and measure, we prefer mathematics, as at other times to Latin.” In 1883, after the suppression of the Lorca Institute, he went to the Institute of the Province of Murcia, where he worked until his retirement in 1895.

to Conservative ideas “Belongs to the traditional party” and Strong religious convictions He was closely associated with the convent community of Virgen de las Huertas, and he and his wife were members of the Order of St. Francis III. In this sense, he incorporated the commission which Promoted the construction of the new tower on the sponsor’s campus behind the Primal collapse of 1901.

He published works on natural history and in 1890 famous history of the city of Lorca, A good example of his interest in getting to know his city, erudition and extensive knowledge. As a result, the The city council recognized him as the illustrious son of Lorca. He was a Trustee of the Town Hall, Regidor (Council), and in eJanuary 1884, mayor of Lorca, a position he resigned the following month. President of the Association of Friends of the Country of Lorca and Murcia; President of the Lorquino Lyceum, belonging to the Royal Academies of Medicine and Natural History.

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married to Conception Red Carrasco Daughter of the Mayor of Lorca Antonio Rojo Diaz (1860) – Since 1872 he lived in the magnificent house he built in Alameda de Espartero (today’s Juan Carlos I), on the corner of Avenida del Quartel (now Priest Emilio García Navarro). There he installed a file Small museum of natural scienceswith many Pieces of antiquities and fossils collected “The latter comes from the site of Sirata,” which has been visited by archeology enthusiasts.

in his will I inherited ‘all objects of mineralogy, botany, zoology and geologywhich he had collected over the years at Murcia Provincial Institute, the center of which was the distinguished and beloved professor naturalist, and the Archaeological Museum of Murcia has prehistoric objects. His wife died in 1895 and he in 1904. Both He was buried in the Church of San Antonio of the Church of the Monastery of Virgen de las Huertas.

Caceres PLA Made in Lorca’s children one cAffectionate review from Canovas“That old man with a calm face and a broad forehead,” who he remembered thus: “We admired the teacher for the sweetness of his treatment, the clarity of his intelligence, and the loftiness of his thoughts His sentiment sheet. interpret the actions of others in the sense of good; He had great respect for his peers and for this reason he did not tolerate the lack of what he deserved as an honest man; He agreed until the end of his life with his ideasThey always fought wrong under the pretext of good law.

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s Antonio Jose Mola Gomezin a recent article in the journal Clavis On the history of the Colegio de la Purísima and the establishment of the first institute in Lorca, he notes: “Dr. Francisco Canovas was a good man, in all the breadth of the word, as a contemporary described him, Dedicated to his city, to which he owes esteem and gratitudeIn 1956 she was baptized It is named after a street in the San Jose Social Housing Cluster.

the showroom to be held Starting next weekin Rowan orchardwhere you can see Fossil collection And many different documents that give testimonial about his life and work, He wants to be Simple greeting To this kind and diligent person, passionate about knowledge and science, who devoted his thoughts and activities to the learning and teaching of others. We hope that this exhibition will be organized Lorca Studies CentreThanks commendable effort field of the sunAnd help appreciate his rich intellectual journey and important legacy more if possible.

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