The legacy of Science: Severo Ochoa (1905-1993) -Second floor
The exhibition reveals the great personal and professional vicissitudes that he had to suffer during the Spanish civil war and which influenced his training, giving him the opportunity to work with scientists at renowned success in both Europe and the United States.
The Science Museum Principe Felipe houses the legacy of Dr. Severo Ochoa owned by the Bancaja Foundation. Through parts of his legacy, the exhibition explores the various matters to which Professor Severo Ochoa dedicated his research throughout his long career. Moreover, showing the great influence that his experience and knowledge in the development and modernization of the study of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology had in Spain. Proof of this are the amount of awards he received and can be seen in the exhibition.
“The Cervantes Institute has what is called the “Vault of Letters” in its headquarters which houses the legacy of more than 60 important figures in the world of culture, science, the arts, music, dance... Currently, the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències has a laboratory notebook of Severo Ochoa’s from 1956 on loan for a year. This is a very important piece, given that in this notebook Ochoa described the work that earned him the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1959, research that provided a fundamental basis for the study of the genetic code”.