Spanish journalist Manuel Calvo Hernando, a pioneer of reporting on science both in his homeland and in Latin America, died Thursday in Madrid. He was 88.

The author of some 40 books, most of them works explaining science and manuals for journalism schools, he pursued his professional career at the daily Ya, where he became assistant director. In 1981, he headed Television Española.

Since he attended the first International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Geneva in 1955, he devoted himself to revealing the secrets of science and explaining its marvels to the public.

He developed his passion both in Spain and in Latin America, where he collaborated during the 1970s and '80s in the creation of groups such as the Ibero-American Association of Science Journalism.

He also helped train professionals, teaching countless courses and seminars about science journalism.

"Science reporting requires respect for science, so that the researcher does not feel misunderstood, and respect for the public in the sense of not boring them and, above all, speaking with clarity and simplicity, in their own language," said Calvo in 1999 upon reading his doctoral thesis entitled "Science as informative material: Relations between knowledge and communication, for the benefit of the individual and society."

Calvo was married to Maria Josefa Roy, with whom he had six children. EFE