On July 31, 2017 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus hosted a solemn event dedicated to the 215th Anniversary of the birth of the native of the Belarusian land and the national hero of Chile, famous scientist, Ignacy Domeyko.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, addressed the participants of the event with the welcoming speech.
In his speech, V.Makei stressed that Belarus is proud of its’ outstanding son Ignacy Domeyko, whose talent, dedication to science and a wide range of scientific interests and achievements glorified the Belarusian land. Thanks to such people as Domeyko, the foundation of Belarusian identity was laid and the formation of the Belarusian nation became possible.
Within the framework of the event, the opening of the exhibition took place. The exhibition consists of four expositions: project “Ignacy Domeyko – Giant of Science” from the funds of the Mir Castle Complex, exposition of the collections of the National Library of Belarus, portraits of famous scientists from the National Art Museum of the Republic Belarus, exposition of Belarusian landscapes from natural stone of the Republican Unitary Enterprise “Scientific and Production Center for Geology”.
Among the participants of the event were the direct descendants of the scientist from Australia, the U.S. and Chile, the Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus, Lilia Ananich, representatives of the diplomatic corps and Belarusian diplomats, heads of cultural institutions, participants of the international scientific conference dedicated to I.Domeyko.
During the event, the translation into Belarusian language of the book by the great-granddaughter of I.Domeyko, Paz Domeyko, “Ignacy Domeyko: life in emigration”, published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus with the support of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus, was presented.
The first copy of the Belarusian-language publication “Ignacy Domeyko: from Miadzviadka to Santiago de Chile (1802-1889)” was solemnly presented to the descendants of the scientist.