He was Professor of theoretical mechanics (1835) and of experimental physics (1841) at the Institut de Barcelona. He was also Professor of chemistry (1845) at the Faculty of Science at the Universitat de Barcelona.
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 got his Ph.D. degree at the University of Barcelona, where he was a teacher from 1899 to 1905. In 1905 he won the professorship of physics and chemistry at the Institut de Girona and in 1919 he became director of physics and chemistry at the Instituto-Escuela de Madrid.
He finished his studies in physics-mathematics sciences in 1891 and he got his Ph.D. degree in 1894. He organized and directed during 67 years the Servicio Horario, which was the organisation that fixed the official time in Barcelona. At first, the official time was given by the stars position seen from the dome of the Acadèmia de Ciències.
Member of the Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts (1914). He was a teacher in the school of Electricitat de la Universitat Industrial (1917) and Professor of the University of Barcelona from 1930 to 1951.
Son of Josep Pascual i Vila and Montserrat de Sans i Coret. He was born in Sevilla in 1934, where his father was Professor of Organic Chemistry. In 1936 his family moved to Barcelona.
“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.
Degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Valencia, PhD in Physical Sciences from the University of Barcelona, Master of Science in Meteorology from the University of Chicago, and Professor of Air Physics at the University of Barcelona.
He was born in Valls in 1913. He graduated in Physics and Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (1934) and received his Ph.D. in Physical Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid (1944), with a thesis on the electrical conductivity of air, directed by the Dr. Isidre Pòlit (Alella, 1880 – Barcelona, 1958).