The professor and oceanographer Maria de los Angeles Alvariño González would be 105 years old this Sunday, October 3, and the internet giant Google has joined the congratulations dedicating his doodle to one of the great names in history scientific. Born in the Galician town of Serantes, Ángeles Alvariño was a pioneer in world oceanographic research and in 1953-1954 she became the first female scientist on a British oceanographic vessel, the Sarsia.
Ángeles Alvariño became interested in natural history in the library of her father, the doctor Antonio Alvariño Grimaldos, and delved into it by dedicating herself to researching coastal oceanography. The university work of the Galician impressed the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, so much so that, despite not admitting women at that time, he made an exception with Ángeles Alvariño and in 1952 he appointed her a marine biologist.
He began his pioneering research on zooplankton at the Oceanographic Center of Vigo and found that some species served as the best indicators of ocean health. In 1953, the British Council awarded Ángeles Alvariño a scholarship that made her the first woman to work as a scientist aboard a British research vessel. After several expeditions, he expanded his studies in USA, where, in 1987, she retired as one of the world’s most prestigious marine biologists.
The researcher left a great legacy that includes more than a hundred scientific publications, between books and magazine articles, 22 species of marine animals that he discovered during his career and his lasting contribution to the investigation of small life forms in the world’s oceans.
When he died in La Jolla, a neighborhood of the Californian city of San Diego, on May 29, 2005, he finished a manuscript on birds and other animals sailors found on an expedition, which his daughter Ángeles Leira Alvariño was in charge of finishing and translating.
Historical milestones or dates
The Internet is a large newspaper library and therefore you can consult the most important doodles, such as the Gregorian calendar, as well as its history or creators here.
These little virtual works of art, like the one on the anniversary of the determination of the speed of light, they can be purchased and even decorate any type of object such as t-shirts, stamps or skateboards through your virtual store.
The history of the doodle
Google usually decorates the letters of its logo to celebrate the anniversaries of famous people or key dates in the world of science or culture, such as the birth of Charles Chaplin, the Nobel Prize winners, the anniversary of ‘Don Quixote’ or either some relevant or novel event or the Gregorian calendar.
The famous search engine has surprised with interactive doodles such as the one that commemorated the 30th anniversary of ‘Pac-Man’, which allowed the famous video game to be played.
Other outstanding doodles were the one dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon, with a video that reviewed the imagery of the Beatle; the 60th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Astronauts’ by Stanislaw Lem, with several minigames, or the incredible one dedicated to Les Paul, recreating a guitar inspired by the master of the six strings that allowed users to compose songs.