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Enric

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.

Antoni

Ballester i Nolla, Antoni
Mont-roig del Camp 1920 - Barcelona 2017

Chemist, oceanographer. Born in Mont-Roig del Camp in 1920, he moved to Barcelona in the 1930s when his father, a state school teacher, was posted to the capital. A man committed to freedom, Ballester volunteered at the age of 17 to defend the Spanish Republic against fascist aggression. He suffered the shameful refugee camps in the south of France until he was able to return to Barcelona. At the end of the Spanish civil war, he obtained a doctorate in Chemistry and Biological Sciences with an excellent cum laude mark for his doctoral thesis.

Oriol de

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.

Enric

Casassas i Simó, Enric
Sabadell 1920 - Barcelona 2000

Chemist. He got his Ph.D. degree in the Universitat de Barcelona, where he worked as a teacher from 1950 until 1966. He was Professor of analytic chemistry at the Universidad de la Laguna (1967-1969) and in the Universtiat Autónoma de Barcelona (1969-1976); Professor of analytic and inorganic chemistry in the E.T.S. de Ingenieros Industriales de Barcelona (1969-1976); and Professor of analytic chemistry in the Universitat de Barcelona from 1976.

Assumpció

Català i Poch, Assumpció
Barcelona 1925 - Barcelona 2009

Mathematician, physicist, astronomer. Dr. Català started her astronomy work in 1952, a time of economic recession in Spain and also of the nearly complete absence of women in Spanish universities. In fact, she was the first woman to become an astronomer in the universities of Spain.

Josep

Laporte i Salas, Josep
Reus 1922 - Barcelona 2005

Doctor. He was president, between 1970 and 1974, of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

Joaquim

Mateu i Sanpere, Joaquim
Barcelona 1921 - Barcelona 2015

Entomologist. Joaquim Mateu Sanpere was born on January 9 , 1921. In 1940, Mateu came into contact with the Museum of Zoology of Barcelona, specifically the section of Entomology, then directed by Francesc Español. Two years after this first contact in November 1942, Mateu began his military service, which lasted until June 1945.

Joan

Oró i Florensa, Joan
Lleida 1923 - Barcelona 2004

Biochemist, researcher. Biochemist. Graduated in Chemistry by the University of Barcelona (1947), he doctored in biochemistry at the Baylor College of Medicine of Houston (EUA) on 1956, where he studied the metabolism of the formic acid in the animal tissues, investigations that became the key to study the origin of life and the interpretation of the absence of life in Mart.

Griselda

Pascual i Xufré, Griselda
Barcelona 1926 - Barcelona 2001

Mathematician. She spent her childhood in a stimulating intellectual environment. Her father, Julio Pascual, was a renowned painter, and two of her aunts were schoolteachers. Griselda Pascual studied at the private school, Women's Cultural Institution (Institució Cultural Femenina), under the guidance of her aunts, one of whom was headmaster.

Josep

Planas i Mestres, Josep
Barcelona 1926 - Barcelona 1995

Biologist, animal physiologist.

Salvador

Reguant i Serra, Salvador
Súria 1928 - Barcelona 2016

Paleontologist, geologist. World-renowned specialist in the study of bryozoan fossils. A member of the Department of Science and Technology at the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC) since 1986. A scientist and a humanist, he was the founder and director of the magazine Contributions to Science.

Jordi

Sabater Pi, Jordi
Barcelona 1922 - Barcelona 2009

Ethologist. Born on 2 August 1922, he was one of the most internationally renowned Catalan scientists for his contributions in the field of ethology. His autodidactic studies of ethology and anthropology began during his stay in Equatorial Guinea between 1940 and 1969, where he carried out the field research that made him one of the most eminent world experts in the study of primates, amphibians and some African birds in their natural habitat.

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