Josep Bordonau

An inspiring guy:  Ernest Solvay, the knowledge triangle integration

Blog Post created by Josep Bordonau Partner on 17-Jul-2017

As you eventually may know, I am very interested in the concept of the knowledge triangle as the connection of higher education, research, innovation and business creation.

I would like to personally contribute in this direction, feeling that I can help a little bit my society in Europe. 


We had a very inspiring and creative lunch in Iberia (javier, enriquevelo, silvia.mateos, andrea1 and me) about this picture:

Participants in the Solvay Conference 1927 - count the number of Nobel Prizes ...


The picture was taken at the Solvay Conference in 1927, so after noticing the impressive amount of knowledge and talent in the meeting, I have investigated a little bit about that event:

The Solvay Conference

Clearly, this series of conferences was a breakthrough in the development of modern Physics and, specially, the edition in 1927.


Later on, I have investigated a little bit on the personality of the factotum, promoter and organizer, Ernest Solvay:


How was this guy so visionary to organize such a conference? How was so good in having the best people on board?

I recommend you to take a look to Ernest Solvay's biography

If you really read the biography , you will discover how Ernest Solvay was the perfect knowledge triangle guy: scientist, capable to generate excellent patents, capable to make money with the patents. the perfect entrepreneur creating a very strong company, ...

Curious how Ernest Solvay could not register in University because of a pleurisy, but he was extremely active in the cooperation with higher education throughout his life.

Let me be optimistic, we may have some day a member of our CommUnity like Ernest Solvay.