Margarita Salas has been a brilliant researcher in the field of molecular biology and a reference for many generations of scientists and scientists, as well as a very loved and recognized person in our country. He has been an honest person, a fighter, rigorous in his work and persevering, with a daily commitment to a job well done. Scientific rigor, above all.
All this allowed her throughout her long professional life to make very valuable scientific contributions, to train disciples and disciples of great value, and to open the way in many areas in which women were not present: first president of the SEBBM, first director of the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center, the only scientist among the ten promoters of the state pact for science in 2003, President of the Severo Ochoa Foundation, academic, President of the Institute of Spain, etc. Throughout her career, Margarita received countless awards, both national and international, from UNESCO, L'Oreal, and recently from the European Patent Agency, European Inventor Award in the Lifetime Achievement category for her lifelong achievements and the prize awarded by the public, Popular Prize category, which demonstrates the love and recognition aroused by his figure in society.
At 80, Dr. Margarita Salas continued, day by day, directing her research group at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center, mixed center UAM-CSIC (Autonomous University of Madrid-Higher Council for Scientific Research), with the good do scientist who has always characterized her. She has been until the end, a great teacher and an excellent and endearing companion.
He has been physically absent, but, as with those who have lived an exemplary human and professional career, he will remain to inspire those who, at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center, at the Autonomous University of Madrid, at the Higher Council for Scientific Research and Many biochemical research centers worldwide will continue to have it.
Miguel Hernández wrote: "I'm leaving, I'm leaving, I'm leaving, but I'm staying." Margarita Salas will always stay with us.
Federico Mayor ZaragozapResident of the Culture of Peace Foundation and former Director General of UNESCO
Jesús Ávila de GradopResearch Professor ad honorem of the CSIC
Lourdes Ruiz DesviatdDirector of the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center (CSIC-UAM)
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