Juan Manuel Cajigal y Odoardo
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Juan Manuel Cajigal y Odoardo was a Venezuelan mathematician, engineer and statesman.
Orphaned at age 7, he was raised in Spain by his cousin-once-removed, Field Marshal Juan Manuel Cajigal, former captain general of Venezuela and Cuba. He studied in the University of Alcala de Henares and later in France, finishing his studies in 1828. He returned to Venezuela that year. He helped found the Sociedad Economica de Amigos del Pais the following year, and in 1830 the government appointed him to create and direct the new Military Academy of Mathematics. He served in Congress twice, once in 1833 as representative of Caracas, and in 1835 as senator of Barcelona Province. With Jose Hermenegildo Garcia and Fermin Toro he started the newspaper Correo de Caracas, which ran from 1838 to 1841. His publications include Tratado de mecanica elemental ("Treatise on Fundamental Mechanics") and Curso de astronomia y memorias sobre integrales entre limites ("Course on Astronomy and Report on Integrals between Limits").
The Juan Manuel Cajigal Naval Observatory in the 23 de Enero district of Caracas , Juan Manuel Cajigal Municipality in Anzoategui, and asteroid (minor planet) 12359 Cajigal are named after him.
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