it's only been three months since I last had the honor of matching Margarita Salas. The National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) paid tribute to Margarita by naming Margarita in the agency's function room, in an emotional recognition of her gigantic career. At 80, he kept intact his enthusiasm for science, his desire to continue researching and his spreading ability,
The dimension of Margarita Salas as a scientist has been evident. Media and social media have been filled with all kinds of epithets, with such apt phrases as "master of generations of scientists", "precursor of molecular research", "reference of Spanish science" or "example of talent and leadership". Our country loses an unrepeatable woman to her,
She was a pioneer. At a time when the presence of women in laboratories was anecdotal, Margaret was able to shine with her own light and be recognized inside and outside our country. Her figure has inspired many women, who thanks to his example today show great achievements for Spanish science. His memory must serve us to continue working on real and effective equal opportunities,
Margarita was a tenacious and persistent woman, who worked until the last moment in her laboratory of the Higher Council for Scientific Research, the CSIC. A disciple of great researchers such as Severo Ochoa and Alberto Sols, on his return from the United States he played a decisive role in the introduction of new lines of research in our country. That knowledge that brought back to Spain has guided a whole generation of researchers and has materialized in concrete advances for society.
This same year he received recognition from the European Patent Office, with the 2019 European Inventor Award for his long professional career. His most recognized discovery – that of the polymerase of the bacteriophage virus phi29 – has advantages in forensic medicine and oncology, among other areas. A milestone that was constituted as the CSIC's most profitable patent, returning millions of euros to publicly funded research.
Margarita leaves many heirs and heirs of its scientific knowledge, which continues to be studied and expanded in Spain in leading centers on cancer and aging. Today, the entire Spanish scientific system dismisses her with sadness and gratitude,