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Aleu i Riera, Dolors
Barcelona 1857 - Barcelona 1913

Doctor. In 1872, Catalan classrooms began to admit women with a strong desire to study medicine despite their difficulties in having access to education.  Aleu i Riera was a pioneer and became the first woman to graduate in medicine and surgery in Spain and also the first to receive a PhD.


Castells i Ballespí, Martina
Lleida 1852 - Reus 1884

Doctor. There are people who have made great scientific contributions throughout their career and there are others who have paved the way to make them possible. This is the case of Martina Castells Ballespí, who died at the age of thirty-one without being able to develop her professional career. But she was a pioneer, one of the first women to obtain a PhD. in medicine in Barcelona.


Faust i Schmidt, Carl
Hadamar (Alemanya) 1874 - Blanes 1952

Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur and founder of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden in Blanes. Born in Hadamar, a small town near Frankfurt am Main, and now part of the city's conurbation, he showed an interest in botany from an early age. With only eleven years, he already gathered his first plant collections around his hometown.


Sais i Plaja, Trinitat
La Bisbal d'Empordà 1878 - Barcelona 1933

Doctor. La Bisbal d'Empordà, 1878 - Barcelona, 1933. Being a doctor in Catalonia, at the beginning of the XX century, was a difficult challenge that few women dared to face. Among these was Trinitat Sais i Plaja, the eighth Catalan woman to graduate in medicine and the first to read the inaugural lecture at the Medical Association of Barcelona.


Salvans i Casas, Ignàsia
Manresa 1906 - Barcelona 1970

Doctor, pharmacist. She was one of the forty women who graduated between 1906 and the beginning of the Spanish Civil War at the new Faculty of Medicine on Casanova Street in Barcelona (where the current Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona is found).


Sierra i Ràfols, Eugeni
Barcelona 1919 - Barcelona 1999

Illustrator, botanist. He began his training as a self-taught illustrator and plant collector under the guidance of Pius Font i Quer in the Department of Botany at the University of Barcelona when he was only fourteen years old. In 1937 he became a plant collector. Before the civil war broke out, he had already published the first illustrations in Flora de Catalunya (Flora of Catalonia, Cadevall i Font i Quer, 1913-1973) and in Iniciació a la Botànica (Introduction to Botany, Font i Quer, 1938).