Google Doodle celebrates María de los Ángeles Alvariño González
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 105th birthday of Spanish-American professor oceanographer,plankton and marine research biologist Dr. María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, who is widely regarded as one of the most important Spanish scientists of all time.
She also known as Ángeles Alvariño, was a Spanish fishery research biologist and oceanographer globally recognized as an authority in plankton biology. She was the first woman ever appointed as scientist aboard any British or Spanish exploration ships. She discovered of 22 new species of zooplankton and the publication of over 100 scientific papers, she held professorships in Brazil, the U.S., and Mexico, and published over a hundred scientific books, chapters and articles. In her late career she studied the history of early marine scientific exploration.
Ángeles Alvariño a fellowship that resulted in her becoming the first woman to work as a scientist aboard a British research vessel. Following several expeditions, she furthered her studies in the U.S., where she retired as one of the world’s most prestigious marine biologists in 1987.
Dr. Angeles Alvariño (1916–2005) became one of the few global authorities on certain types of marine plankton.
Encouraged by her parents, she read her father’s books on zoology and hoped to one day become a doctor herself. Her father discouraged this notion.
Today, Ángeles Alvariño is the only Spanish scientist of 1,000 in the “Encyclopedia of World Scientists,” and a modern research vessel in IEO’s fleet bears her name.
Toward the end of her life, Alvariño turned her attention to the history of marine science. She conducted extensive research into the early Spanish explorers and navigators who first mapped the oceans and their currents. Alvariño looked closely at the First Scientific Oceanic Expedition that traveled throughout the western Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean from 1789–94. In 2000 Alvariño published a full account of this expedition.
In 1953, the British Council awarded Ángeles Alvariño a fellowship that resulted in her becoming the first woman to work as a scientist aboard a British research vessel. Following several expeditions, she furthered her studies in the U.S., where she retired as one of the world’s most prestigious marine biologists in 1987.
Happy birthday, Dr. María de los Ángeles Alvariño González!