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Maria Domínguez Astudillo


A woman of great human qualities and outstanding cultural and scientific interests, she was born in Zamora in 1895, where she completed her studies in Education in 1916 with the honor of Summa Cum Laude.

Her brilliant professional career is always marked by research. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree, again Summa Cum Laude, in Chemistry at the University of Madrid (1941) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1943) she alternated research at CSIC with specializations in different countries such as England, France, Holland, Belgium, and Switzerland, among others. At the same time she participated and presented frequently at national and international Conferences. Her presentations were on Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Radiobiology, and other topics of research by her team or directed by her.

It is only logical that this professional itinerary is reflected in numerous publications, almost all of them in different professional journals such as: Anales de Física y Química, Archivos de Farmacología y Toxicología, Real Sociedad Española de Física y Química, Revista Eidos, and, above all, published by the “Instituto Antonio de G. Rocasolano” of Physical Chemistry of which CSIC was a member.

Her doctoral thesis is preserved: Influencia del yeso en la flotación de los sulfuros de plomo y zinc. Eliminación de dicha influencia -Madrid 1943-, which was edited by the ”Boletín del Instituto Geológico y Minero de España”.

Also, some of her presentations in French and English at different international conferences are preserved.

Together with this incredible professional curriculum vitae, she participated actively in the educational project of Poveda and during several years she carried out her work and commitment with the Teresian Association in different cities of Spain and South America.

María Domínguez Astudillo also carries a painful honor. On July 27, 1936, the priest and Founder of the Teresian Association, today Saint Pedro Poveda, was detained. The young Professor, María, together with Emma Álvarez, doctor and member of the Teresian Association, experienced uncertainty looking for him and the affliction of finding his body at the East cemetery of Madrid.

María died in Madrid in 1985 after working as a “retired researcher” in full command, in consonance with her life itinerary.

The following is a list of some of her published articles:

  • “Iniciación sobre isotopía y radioquímica”, Madrid 1949
  • “Análisis espectroquímico de los elementos que impurifican a los sulfuros de plata”, Madrid 1950
  • “Complejos de cobalto como radiosensibilizantes y antitumorales”, Madrid 1980
  • “Desnaturation by heat and cold of ovomucin and ovomucoid”, París 1956
  • “Equilibre dynamique du soufre doans la peau et le pelage des rats”, París 1957

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