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Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso: Google Doodle celebrates Chilean scientist and astrophysicist’s 95th birthday

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Google Doodle celebrates the 95th birthday of Chilean scientist and astrophysicist Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso on May 27, 2020.

Carmen Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso, was born on May 27, 1925 in Santiago, Chile. She was the girl of Carmen Alonso and Ramón Gutiérrez. Gutiérrez learned at the Liceo Maria Auxiliadora de Santiago, from which she graduated in 1942.

Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso
Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso

Afterward, Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso started seeking a career as a physics and mathematics teacher by learning at the Pedagogical Institute of the University of Chile, from which she graduated as a state-approved professor in 1948. While Gutiérrez was learning at the university, she met the scientist Hugo Moreno León, whom she wedded in 1951 and with whom she had three kids.

Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso started working as a science teacher at the Liceo Dario Salas and the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM) of the University of Chile. From June 1, 1949, Gutiérrez worked at the National Astronomical Observatory of Chile.

At that observatory, her work was at first confined to investigating astronomical information acquired by different scientists. While working there, Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso built up an enthusiasm for the photoelectric photometry of austral stars, a subject which she tended to in various publications.

During the time that Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso was working at the National Astronomical Observatory, Gutiérrez likewise became a full faculty member in the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile.

In the late 1950s, Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso made a trip to the United States to study for a Ph.D. in astrophysics, which has acquired in June 1964, becoming the first Chilean to get such a degree.

In 1965, after having come back to Chile, Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso, Hugo Moreno León and Claudio Anguita established a bachelor’s degree in astronomy at the University of Chile. Gutiérrez was liable for administering the course. In 1976, Gutiérrez likewise established a master’s degree course in astronomy at the University of Chile.

Furthermore, Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso started working with Hugo Moreno León in the recently opened Cerro Tololo Observatory in 1967. That equivalent year she was named a full member from the Chilean Academy of Sciences Institute. She was the first woman and the first astronomer to join that select group of scientists.

Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso died on April 11, 2015.

Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso was the first Chilean to get a doctorate in astrophysics. As well as she was a pioneer in her field and for women scientists around the globe.

On May 27, 2020, Google Doodle delineated by Chile-based visitor artist Pablo Luebert, celebrates Adelina Gutiérrez Alonso’s 95th Birthday. Google Doodle illustration represents her looking at the starry sky, with certain objects at her feet.

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