Recently the Catalan government announced the latest winners of the Gold Medal distinction, its highest award. One of them is Josefina Castellví (1935) who is recognized for her ‘outstanding career as an oceanographer, biologist, researcher, and a writer’ as well as the fact that with her example she has opened up the way for many scientific women.
Josefina Castellví spearheaded the Spanish Antarctic Program – indeed, Castellvi Peak on Antarctica’s Livingstone Island is named after her. Furthermore she has published over 70 scientific papers and participated in more than 30 oceanographic campaigns, among other activities.
In other words, she is a very prolific woman scientist working in an interesting field: marine bacteriology.