Philippine Science Letters
vol. 5 | no. 1 | 2012
published online January 13, 2012


Hallmarks of a Genuine
Scientist: An Inspiration
and Example of “Paying
it Forward”

by Leopold L. Ilag

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden



There is no such thing as barren soil, only barren minds” … inspiring words from his father which continues to resonate in the heart and mind of Academician Professor Romulo G. Davide of Argao, Cebu. Born to Hilario P. Davide Sr and Josefa L. Gelbolingo, he is the 5th of 7 children. His younger brother went on to become a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Rebuilding from the aftermath of war, his humble childhood rooted him to be mindful of the plight of the poor. He exemplifies the inspiring example of an accomplished scientist who makes his craft matter and hands them down for the success and prosperity of his fellow men.