Affection and Solicitude Enjoyed by the DPRK Scientists
2. Great Embrace That Safeguarded Scientific Conviction


Among the scientists of the DPRK is Kye Ung Sang, a world-class scientist who left an outstanding trace in the field of genetics with firm scientific conviction and excellent ability.

Chairman Kim Jong Il said:

"We can find an example of the Juche-oriented view and stand in the research work of Kye Ung Sang, who performed great exploits in developing sericulture of our country."

President Kim Il Sung bestowed great love and trust on Kye Ung Sang so that he conducted scientific researches with firm conviction.

Kye Ung Sang studied assiduously with a desire for learning from his childhood and possessed high practical ability in biology, but he was forced to wander the foreign countries as he was deprived of the country.

Only in the embrace of President Kim Il Sung, Kye Ung Sang could realize his ambition of scientific study with a firm scientific conviction.

President Kim Il Sung invited Kye Ung Sang in south Korea as the head of the sericulture department under the Faculty of Agriculture of Kim Il Sung University, the first university established in Korea.

When he met Kye in October Juche 35 (1946) he said that the Korean people had long cherished wishes to eat white rice and meat soup, dress in silk and live in a tile-roofed house and entrusted Kye with the task of solving the problem of clothing, convincing him that the sericulture of the country could be developed by the own efforts of the country.

Great expectation and trust of the President in Kye Ung Sang to play a major role in the development of the country's sericulture, served as a source of infinite intelligence and enthusiasm and a nutrient of scientific conviction.

That's why Kye Ung Sang replied to foreign scientists who asked him about the secret of successes in his scientific study in a seminar held in the capital city of an European country in the summer of 1955 in the following vein: I could achieve great successes because I am always with President Kim Il Sung in my mind. His embrace is the cradle of the genuine life of our scientists, which safeguards our conviction, brings our hope into full bloom and guarantees our bright future. This was the expression of the genuine feelings of the scientist who firmly cherished scientific conviction under the warm care of the President.

President Kim Il Sung showed great trust in Kye Ung Sang to make successes in scientific researches, invariably cherishing his scientific conviction.

In the days of building a new country, the anti-Party, counterrevolutionary factionalists who found fault with the social background of Kye, accusing him of having studied during the military occupation of Japanese imperialists, and stopped his lectures, branding his genetic theories as reactionary ones.

On hearing about it, President Kim Il Sung said that the scientific theory which solved the problem arising in producing cocoons from the silkworm bred in the country could not be reactionary, and took a benevolent step to provide him with all conditions for lecture and study.

Kye was greatly impressed by the President's absolute trust in and expectation for him and cherished the scientific conviction firmly to live up to his expectations.

Bearing with the firm conviction, Kye Ung Sang defended scientific truth and developed genetics, without yielding to national chauvinists and their followers forcing the theory on absolute environmentalism.

Indeed, President Kim Il Sung was a great teacher and benevolent father who instilled scientific conviction into Kye Ung Sang and led him to invariably defend it.

The President paid close attention to the life and health of Kye Ung Sang, sending him tonics for his health, and wishing him good health every New Year's day.

Thanks to the warm care of the President, Kye Ung Sang could produce world-class successes in the fields of genetics and breeding science and applied them to developing high-yielding, disease-tolerant silkworm species suited to climatic and soil conditions of the country.

In high appreciation of his scientific research findings, President Kim Il Sung ensured that Kye Ung Sang was awarded the first doctorate of Korea in 1948, academician's degree in 1952 and the title of professor, and elected to the Deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly. And on the occasion of his 70th birthday the title of Labour Hero and People's Prize were conferred upon him. When he passed away, Kye was buried in the Patriotic Martyrs Cemetery.

The affection and solicitude enjoyed by Kye Ung Sang clearly show how much the President valued the scientists and technicians of the DPRK.

That is why we Korean scientists say with pride that thanks to the care of the great WPK that treasures them and gives prominence to them, they are enjoying the most dignified and happiest life in the world.