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Balcells i Rocamora, Enric
Barcelona 1922 - Jaca 2007
Zoologist. Dr. Balcells was born in Barcelona on 31 March 1922 into a noble family. He began his high school studies at the Maragall Institute of Barcelona and completed them on 1939 at the Sant Isidoro Institute of Seville, the city where his family had moved to given the political convulsions of the period due to the Spanish Civil War.
Ballester i Boix, Manuel
Barcelona 1919 - Barcelona 2005
Chemist. One of the most famous Catalan and Spanish scientists. He devoted his life to research in organic chemistry. His main contribution to science was the development of perchloro-organic chemistry, which he began in 1954 with the discovery of a potent chlorination agent. In 1964 he discovered the Inert Free Radicals, a class of trivalent carbon species of exceptional stability, which opened the door to a new era in organic chemistry.
Barrera i Costa, Heribert
Barcelona 1917 - Barcelona 2011
Chemist, politician. He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona, and also obtained degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Montpellier. He was a chemical engineer at the Institute of Chemistry of the University of Montpellier (1941) and obtained a PhD in Physical Sciences from the Sorbonne (Paris, 1948).
Bataller i Calatayud, Josep Ramon
La Pobla del Duc, Vall d'Albaida 1890 - Barcelona 1962
Paleontologist, geologist. He studied natural sciences in Barcelona. In 1920 he got his Ph.D. degree in Madrid showing his research about the Jurassic period in Tarragona. His interest in geology and paleontology was due to his relation with Jaume Almera, who was his Professor and who founded the geological museum from Barcelona.
Bofill i Pichot, Josep Maria
Barcelona 1860 - Sant Julià de Vilatorta, Osona 1938
Doctor, entomologist. He was a member of the Acadèmia de les Ciències i Arts de Barcelona; a member of the Institució Catalana d'Història Natural, where he was the president twice in 1906 and in 1911; and a member of the science section of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC), where he was also a president in 1911.
Bolòs i Capdevila, Oriol de
Olot, Garrotxa 1924 - Barcelona 2007
Botanist. He obtained a degree in Natural Sciences at University of Barcelona (1947) and a PhD in 1950 with a dissertation on the vegetation in Montseny (Catalonia). He was a student and later collaborator of Josias Braun-Blanquet, and he introduced the sigmatist methodology for the study of vegetation in Catalonia.
Bolòs i Vayreda, Antoni de
Olot 1889 - Barcelona 1975
Pharmacist, botanist. In 1934 he started to take care of the plants and herbs books from the Institut Botànic de Barcelona, he became director of the Institut Botànic in 1939 and later he was chosen as the director of the Instituto Municipal de Ciencias Naturales.
Buen i del Cos, Odón de
Zuera, Aragó 1863 - Mèxic 1945
Oceanographer, naturalist. He was Professor of natural history in the University of Barcelona (1900) where he had problems due to his evolutionist ideas. In 1907, he founded and directed the Laboratorio de Biología Marina de las Baleares, in Mallorca, and the Instituto Español de Oceanografia. In 1939 he was exiled to Mexico.