AQ Top 5: Latin American AcademicsJuly 6, 2016 The news out of Venezuela lately has been awful. But one of the great untold stories is the vast number of talented Venezuelans, many of whom live abroad, who will hopefully be called upon one day to help put their marvelous country back together. AQ Top 5 Latin American Academics: Agustín Lage Lage turned Cuba’s Center of Molecular Immunology into one of the world’s top institutes for biotech and medical research. AQ Top 5 Latin American Academics: Artur Avila The 37-year-old mathematician became the first Latin American to win the prestigious Fields Medal in 2014. AQ Top 5 Latin American Academics: María Teresa Ruiz González This stargazer is blazing a trail for a new generation of Chilean scientists. AQ Top 5 Latin American Academics: Mónica Ponce de León An architect who embraces digital technology in an era when some have questioned her discipline’s relevance. AQ Top 5 Latin American Academics: Ricardo Hausmann Venezuela’s “know-how” economist has helped countries like Colombia, Mexico and Peru shield themselves from boom and bust cycles. Like what you've read? Subscribe to AQ for more. Any opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of Americas Quarterly or its publishers.