Jose Ramirez Rivera is a medical academician, author of 89 scientific publications. His biography appears in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans. He studied science and literature at The Johns Hopkins University, French civilization at the Sorbonne, and medicine at Yale. He is currently professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico and Universidad Central del Caribe.
Cayetano Coll y Toste was born in Arecibo in 1850 and died in Madrid in 1930. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Jesuit College in San Juan, he migrated to Barcelona, earning a doctorate degree in medicine in 1874. While there he founded and directed El Ramillete, a literary weekly. His magnum opus was the Historical Bulletin of Puerto Rico (Boletin Historico de Puerto Rico), a fourteen-volume collection of notes dealing with pre-history, colonial history, public education, economics, political development and other aspects of Puerto Rican life. Just before the American occupation of Puerto Rico in 1898, he was Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce and Secretary of the Treasury. During 1924-25, he published three volumes of stories based on historical facts and folklore under the title Puerto Rican Legends and Traditions (Leyendas y Tradiciones Puertorriquenas). Twelve of these stories are translated in Puerto Rican Tales.
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