He was known from an early age for his dynamic personality and radical points of view. Guevara graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree of doctor of medicine and surgery in As a direct result, Guevara became convinced that the United States would never support leftist governments and that violent revolution was the only way to end poverty in Latin America. He joined Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement in , and following the Cuban Revolution held several influential posts in the new socialist government, including Minister of Industries. In , Che left Cuba for the ex-Belgian Congo to support the Marxist Simba movement, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Following his time in Africa, Guevara traveled to Bolivia to teach guerrilla warfare to native Communists preparing for revolution.
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He was also the youthful friend and traveling companion of Che Guevara during their motorcycle tour in Latin America. An elderly Alberto Granado makes a short appearance at the end of the film.
In his best-selling biography entitled Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life , Jon Lee Anderson describes Granado at this time as "barely five feet tall and had a huge beaked nose, but he sported a barrel chest and a footballer's sturdy bowed legs; he also possessed a good sense of humor and a taste for wine, girls, literature and rugby. Not through the eyes of a tourist, interested only in landscapes, comforts and fleeting pleasures, but with the eyes and spirit of one of the people.
At the age of 29 and with full-time work as a biochemist, Granado sought one final thrill before settling into a life of middle-class comfort. Both kept diaries on the journey, and would stay at the leprosarium in San Pablo, Peru at trip's end. Throughout their continental excursion, they witnessed first hand the poverty of disenfranchised native peoples and their frequent lack of access to otherwise cheap and basic medical care.
Their encounters with South America's "downtrodden and exploited" such as the migrant sheep shearers , copper miners , and Indian peasantry were a key influence on both their lives. For Granado, it confirmed that there was a wider world to see and help than the middle classes of his hometown, while in Guevara it ignited a burning zeal to tackle the cause of such misery, which he came to see as capitalism.
Guevara, however, continued on to Miami before returning home to Buenos Aires to complete his medical degree. The two men did not meet again for eight years, by which time Guevara was a hero of Fidel Castro 's Cuban Revolution and head of Cuba's central bank.
After the victory of the Cuban Revolution in , Granado was invited to Havana by Guevara, who had risen to become second-in-command under Fidel Castro.
A year later, he moved there with his family to take up a post as professor of biochemistry at the School of Medicine of the University of Havana. In , he founded the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Santiago with a group of colleagues, the second in Cuba. He would serve as a senior professor there until Granado was thus in part responsible for Cuba's high number of highly trained doctors, which has been described as "one of the undeniable achievements of Castro's government".
Between and , Granado obtained his doctorate in biological sciences and attended the World Congress on Genetics in Moscow. He also attended the Congress on Polymorphism in Leningrad and became centrally involved in the development of Holstein Tropical cattle breeds. Between and , he took part in the creation of the Cuban Genetics Society and was appointed its president. Between and , he devoted his time to validation and methodology of his previous research in universities in Venezuela and Spain before his retirement in In , he joined the campaign for solidarity with Cuba and promotion of Guevara's ideas at home and abroad.
Between and , he was an on-set advisor to Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries , based upon Granado's Con el Che por Sudamerica and Guevara's own account, published posthumously in Granado made a cameo appearance as himself in the epilogue of the film.
It wasn't easy unless you shared his vision and believed in it. In her film "My Best Friend" , producer Clare Lewins asks Granado what he believes to be the reason for Che Guevara 's continuing attraction, his response was:. And as time goes by and countries are governed by increasingly corrupt people Che's persona gets bigger and greater, and he becomes a man to imitate.
He is not a God who needs to be praised or anything like that, just a man whose example we can follow, in always giving our best in everything we do. Before Guevara left Cuba in to pursue revolutions abroad, he left several books with inscriptions for close friends. Included with these was one book about the sugar industry for his old friend Granado.
A hug for all of you, Che. Granado died of natural causes on March 5, , at the age of His death coincidentally occurred on the 51st anniversary of when Che's famous Guerrillero Heroico photograph was taken by Alberto Korda. Granado has a brief cameo following the epilogue of the film. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hernando , Argentina. Havana , Cuba. Before we left Argentina, we didn't know about Latin America, about the enormous gulf between rich and poor and the terrible exploitation of the people.
Traveling companion and close friend of Che Guevara. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alberto Granado.
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Their journey was immortalised more than half a century later in the highly successful movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Granado and Guevara went their separate ways at the end of their trip in , during which they famously served as doctors at a leper colony in Peru. After moving on to work as a leprosy specialist in a Venezuela hospital, Granado was convinced that his role in life was to help individuals as a doctor. Guevara, six years his junior, looked beyond individual suffering to its causes and moved north with thoughts of changing the world. The two men did not meet up again for almost a decade. At the invitation of Guevara, a government minister and right-hand man of Castro, Granado moved to Cuba in , where he would spend the rest of his life.
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Alberto Granado Jimenez Hernando, provincia de Cordoba, Argentina, se graduo como farmaceutico y bioquimico. Desde el ano reside en Cuba, donde hizo el doctorado en Ciencias en el Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas. El relato de Granado revela las raices del despertar revolucionario de Guevara. Convert currency.
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