It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Fernando González Rey on 27th March 2019. Fernando was an inspiration to many of us, with infinite generosity of time and intellect. His contribution and legacy to our field, as well as to many others around the world, is outstanding. He will be greatly missed by many. Below are some words from Adolfo Tanzi.
Cuban, settled in Brazil, Professor Fernando González Rey received a Doctorate in Psychology from the Institute of General and Pedagogic Psychology of Moscow and a Doctorate in Science from the Institute of Psychology of the Academic of Sciences of the Soviet Union. Initially his theoretical work was on the subject of the personality, beginning in 1973 in the Institute of General Psychology and Pedagogical of Moscow.
Fernando González Rey influenced the movement of critical social psychology in Latin America and deepened his studies in social psychology, contributing critically on the importance of the concepts of subject and subjectivity. His scientific contribution – theoretical epistemological and methodological – resulted in his being awarded the Inter-American Prize of Psychology in 1991.
In pursuit of the development of new theoretical-practical horizons Fernando focused on the Theory of Subjectivity in a cultural-historical perspective. From this work, he completed his first book, published simultaneously in São Paulo and Havana, on Qualitative Epistemology and Subjectivity in 1997. He was the supervisor of several master’s and doctoral studies and coordinated the research group on “Subjectivity in health and education”.
Fernando González Rey leaves a legacy of publications, theoretical discussions, lectures and classes for future researchers in the area. He was enthusiastic in the deepening of discussions on Vygotsky and his legacy, contributed extensively to the ISCAR Brazil section, and the Society more broadly, and was available to all interested in Cultural-historical research. His passing leaves for all of us a space for reflection and continuity of his arduous work on the epistemological and methodological problems that derive from the study of the subjectivity in the area of Psychology.