Google Doodle today (October 3) is celebrating the 105th birthday of Spanish-American professor and marine research biologist María de Los Angeles Alvarino González, considered one of the most important Spanish scientists of all time.
Born in 1916, her love of natural history began with her father’s library and deepened as oceanographic research on the beach.
Although at the time the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) only accepted men, his university work so impressed the organization that it appointed him as a marine biologist in 1952.
Based at Vigo, he began his pioneering research on zooplankton, tiny organisms that serve as the foundation of the marine food chain and identify certain species as the best indicators of ocean health.
In 1953, the British Council awarded Angels Alvarino a fellowship, as a result of which she became the first woman to serve as a scientist on a British research vessel.
After several expeditions, she furthered her studies in the United States, where she retired in 1987 as one of the world’s most distinguished marine biologists.
During his career he discovered 22 new species of zooplankton and published more than 100 scientific papers. Even today she is the only Spanish scientist to have 1,000 in the “Encyclopedia of World Scientists” and the IEO’s fleet has a modern research vessel named after her.
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