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.
He was director of the Observatori Fabra in Barcelona. He discovered 11 asteroids and 2 comets. In 1905 he received the Janssen prize from the Astronomical Society of France and was chosen member of the Astronomical Society of London.
In 1865 he began to publish his works about astronomy in specialised French journals as he was living in France during some years. He studied the solar eclipses that were visible from Spain in1900 and 1905.
“He used to explain that as a kid, on the way back from Badalona to Alella at night, he had fallen in love with the firmament from contemplating the starry sky so much.” Joseph M. Casals’ words in memory of Isidre Pòlit exemplify a passion for astronomy that accompanied the career of this scientist from an early age.
He got his Ph.D. degree in science (1846) and pharmacy (1846). He was a teacher of mathematics in the University of Barcelona and in the Escuela Industrial.