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Arturo Aldunate Phillips (1902-1985)


As a civil engineer, he was a Professor of the course of Electricity at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. However, his keen interest for literature led him to publish his first poetry book in 1921, and publishing later dozens more.  He was an intellectual who was interested in a vast array of topics from economics and sciences to languages and sport.  With his book "Matemática y Poesía: ensayo y entusiamo" (Mathematics and Poetry: essay and enthusiasm) (1940) he tried to eliminate the barriers separating these two supposedly antagonistic areas.  He was a member of the Academia Chilena de la Lengua (Chilean Academy of Language); he was awarded the Premio Atenea (Athena´s Award) from Universidad de Concepción in 1964; the Premio Ricardo Latchman (Ricardo Latchman Award) in 1975; and a year later, the Premio Nacional de Literatura (National Award for Literature).
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