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date: 21 October 2020

Ochoa, Severolocked

(24 September 1905–01 November 1993)
  • María Jesús Santesmases


Ochoa, Severo (24 September 1905–01 November 1993), biochemist, was born in Luarca, a small village on the north coast of Spain, the son of Severo Manuel Ochoa, a lawyer and a businessman, and Carmen de Albornoz. When Ochoa was seven years old, his father died, but the family import-export business in Puerto Rico preserved income. The family moved to Málaga, a city on the south coast. There he attended primary, secondary, and high schools. In 1923 he entered the University of Madrid Medical School, where he hoped to study with Spanish neurohistologist and Nobel awardee Santiago Ramón y Cajal, but Cajal retired. During his second year, Ochoa met Juan Negrín, the chairman of the department of physiology and one of Spain's most distinguished physiologists. From his third year onward he became involved in research at Negrín's laboratory....

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