Fernando Bolet

Fernando Bolet. Doctor and philanthropist. Considered as one of the pioneers of the packaged food industry in Venezuela.


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  • 1 Biography
    • 1 Childhood and youth
    • 2 Death
  • 2 Professional career
    • 1 As a doctor and politician
    • 2 As a farmer and beekeeper
  • 3 Acknowledgments
  • 4 Sources


Childhood and youth

He was born on 17 of October of 1818 in the city of Caracas, Venezuela. Her parents were Jaime Bolet and Magdalena Páez. Relative of the doctor Nicanor Bolet Poleo and the brothers Ramón and Nicanor Bolet Peraza. Primary and secondary studies in his hometown, graduating with a bachelor of philosophy in 1834 . That same year he began medical studies at the Central University of Venezuela, which culminated in 1840 .


He died on 6 as February as 1888 in his hometown of receiving an accidental blow to the head.


As a doctor and politician

In 1842 he lived in Petare, apparently for health reasons and established in that picturesque town he practiced his profession in a Charity Hospital. In 1844 he was incorporated as a member of the Caracas Medical Faculty and of the Medical Instruction Society. In 1845 he was appointed councilor for Petare and in 1855 he served as supervisor of the drugstores in the area. He also held the presidency of the Municipal Council of Petare on two occasions ( 1846 and 1858 ), developing extensive social work there, especially in relation to the construction of streets and roads, popular markets and the execution of health programs for the population.

In 1854 he was appointed surgeon at the Hospital de Petare, a position he held without receiving any remuneration. During his stay in that town, he faced several common epidemics at the time, such as yellow fever , smallpox and cholera , which he fought with the limited resources at his disposal. He was one of the founders and first vice president of the Casa de Beneficencia de Petare ( 1856 ), a private institution designed to offer free “popular soups” to the poorest population.

As a farmer and beekeeper

Its crops were initially wheat , then in the mountains, coffee and potatoes and in the plains, indigo, sugar cane and fruit trees, its fertile land was well irrigated and its geographical position was privileged, since it was at the crossroads between Caracas and the Valleys of Tuy and Barlovento.

In addition to his social work, he contributed to the development of beekeeping in Venezuela, by introducing Italian bee hives of the Apis Ligústica variety, from the Canary Islands and more productive than native ones. These bees were later scattered throughout the country, later going to Colombia . Likewise, he made contributions to the development of fruit tree cultivation that he used in the elaboration of his products, as well as in the sowing of flowers for honey production. He participated in several international exhibitions which he attended with samples of wax , honey , coffee , canned fruits and fermented beverages (wine fromorange , pineapple , flower, rum , brandy and dark beer .

It is considered the pioneer in Venezuela of the packaged food industry for having started the conservation of fruits and vegetables . He also collaborated in the eradication of the locust plague that plagued the crops around Caracas in 1884 , by proposing to Adolfo Ernst to transfer wasps to parasitize the eggs of locusts, destroying them, thus promoting their biological control and development of the incipient agriculture.


  • In 1875 hewas elected a member of the Society of Physical and Natural Sciences, in recognition of his contributions to the development of science in Venezuela.
  • In Buenos Airesin 1881 he obtained the Bronze medal for the rum he made

In addition to the prizes he obtained in the exhibitions for his products, other recognitions have been made, in 1936 the name of “Dr Fernando Bolet” was given to a Dispensary and, Dr. A González Puccini in 1949 , founded the Popular Dining Room Petare with the name of “Dr. Fernando Bolet ”.


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