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    Marcos Pontes

    Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil

    Marcos Pontes is a Brazilian Air Force pilot and AEB astronaut. He became the first South American and the first Lusophone to go into space. On November 26, 2019, he was bestowed the rank of Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel.

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    Stephen Hawking

    Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist

    Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, author, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.

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    Henrietta Lacks

    Source, HeLa Cell Line

    Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman, whose cancer cells were the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. An immortalized cell line will reproduce indefinitely.

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