The Conrado Wessel Foundation (FCW) has announced the winners of the 2015 FCW Award for Science, Culture and Medicine. Each winner will receive R$300,000 in 2016. They were ophthalmologist Rubens Belfort Mattos Junior (Medicine) and author Lygia Fagundes Telles (Culture). Mattos earned an undergraduate degree from the Paulista School of Medicine (Unifesp) in 1970 and a doctorate in ophthalmology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He is a full professor at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) and president of the Brazilian Academy of Ophthalmology and the São Paulo Institute for Teaching and Research in Ophthalmology. In the 1990s he engaged in a group effort to perform cataract and ocular diabetes surgery and helped establish the first ocular oncology center in the Amazon, which began operating in 2014 in the city of Manaus.
Currently, Mattos is developing a program to provide eyeglasses to the elderly and children at no charge. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the National Association of Medicine, the Universalis Ophthalmology Academy and the International Council of Ophthalmology. Lygia Fagundes Telles, considered one of Brazil’s premier authors, is from São Paulo and has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 1985. Telles graduated from Largo de São Francisco School of Law of the University of São Paulo (USP) and has authored dozens of books of short stories as well as novels, such as Ciranda de pedra (AKA) (1954), As meninas (The Girls) (1973) and As horas nuas (The Naked Hours) (1989). Telles’s works have been published in a number of countries, including France, the United States, Germany and Italy. Some of her scripts were adapted for television, the theater and film.Republish