When they were kids, we read science books to them so they could take a nap.


They are brothers.

One is thirty-three years old.

The other, thirty-one.

But Emmanuel and Nicholas share much more than the nickname (which, in all of this, is Jimenez).

The two were received in the same race, which in itself seems like another piece of information.

Now when you take into account that this profession is the job of a nuclear engineer, things change a lot.

It is not uncommon to have a nuclear engineer in a family, for example, the small sum received annually at the Balseiro Institute. Therefore, having two is a fact that has escaped the statistic.

Next week, it will be ten years since Emmanuel graduated.


Remember that it was “June 24, 2011, shortly after the volcano erupted”.

“I will never forget,” he said.

At the time, volcanic ash destroyed much of the festivities as parents and authorities were unable to reach the city.

But the problem here, more than the eruption of the Puyehu – which is clearly a problem, but not to be addressed this time – is the chance of the race selection.

“We have always loved science,” says Elder Brother Emmanuel, and says the critical factor is maternal influence.

Now the reason why a mother matters is not what you might imagine.

Emmanuel and Nicolas were born in Cipolite.

When they were young, the family moved to Santiago del Estero, due to the father’s work problems.

In this place, where the heat leads to obligatory naps, the brothers did not want to know anything about sleeping in the afternoon.

There the mother used her ingenuity.

He thought he was reading something to them, but obviously the story at that point would not bring sleep, but might rather wake up and awaken children’s attention, so he chose other types of books.

An aunt, who was a teacher, gave them encyclopedias called Tecnirama, to use when they had to do their homework.

Obviously, going through the science textbooks aloud, the boys fell asleep. The goal has been achieved.

What the mother could not have imagined is that as much as the children did not understand much from these readings, they were remembering something.

“This is how our approach to science began,” explains Emmanuel.

“For example, talk to us about inertia (which is the property of bodies to maintain a state of rest or movement if not by force), and we joke about it and we read them again”, says- he.

“At school, we had a great facility for the exact sciences, like mathematics, so since we were young, we knew we were going in that direction,” he adds.

He reveals that the mother also had to choose Balseiro as a place to continue learning, as she was telling them about this institute when the subject of the profession arose.

“I really liked the nuclear engineering file, because it is not only linked to applied sciences, but also has a very important technological role”, explains Emmanuel.


Meanwhile, Nicholas laughingly recalls that in his case, something happened in high school that made him see nuclear power in a positive light: “They told us that with nuclear reactions you can transform the world. mercury in gold. Comments.

“The old dream of the alchemist,” Emmanuel tells him, to which Nicolas adds: “At that moment, I thought:” I want to be one of these men.

“The physical process they described to us was great for stimulating the boy’s imagination,” he says.

“It was at that time that I opted for nuclear power,” says Nicholas, who ultimately did not turn mercury into gold, because his research took him elsewhere, even if he encountered several engineers who did it.

To the extent that they agreed on the choice of profession, they did not resolve together, but came to the same conclusion, but each analyzed it for his part.

At one point, they wrote Balseiro an email, not thinking they would respond to it, but the response came, with a clear explanation of what jobs they could do for two years and then take the course. rigorous entry that you must follow to be in the entity, hence the study of the remaining three years.

By this time they had long since returned to Cipolletti, and in the local library they found a book called The Student Guide.

They saw the study plans for all professions, and among those who could later continue their studies in Bariloche, leaned towards mechanical engineering, as they noted that it was “more math and physics” , is it reported.

So they attended Comaho University in Neuquen for two years, then Emmanuel, then Nicholas, came to Balesero to become nuclear engineers.

Both currently work for the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) and are part of the Carem 25 project, the first nuclear reactor designed and built entirely in Argentina.


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