Regional Government of Madrid recognises role of the most important Spanish scientists at Juan de la Cierva underground station
The Regional Government of Madrid pays tribute to some of the leading figures from science and research in Spain by theming Juan de la Cierva underground station on Line 12 of Metrosur. The initiative is framed within Madrid’s Science and Innovation Week, held this year from 1 to 14 November.
The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, presented this exhibition of murals entitled ‘The Path of Science’, which “seeks to highlight and recall to users, through 14 illustrated designs, the importance of science and research for the development and progress of our society, as we were able to see first-hand over these long months of the pandemic”.
The platforms, passageways and entrance lobbies of Juan de la Cierva station are decorated with information on the place and date of birth of each of the figures the exhibition pays tribute to and the important achievements of their professional careers. In addition, each biographical factsheet is accompanied by a portrait of the figure. The surface area covered to date amounts to 244 square metres, and further figures will be incorporated in upcoming editions.
Gregorio Marañón, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Juan de la Cierva y Codorníu, Leonardo Torres Quevedo, Pascual Madoz e Ibáñez, Felisa Martín Bravo, Ramón Menéndez Pidal, Enrique Moles y Ormella, Alejandro Malaspina, Julio Rey Pastor, Blas Cabrera y Felipe, Severo Ochoa de Albornoz, Gabriela Morreale de Castro and Margarita Salas Falgueras are the illustrious figures that are portrayed in the station as from today.
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF METRO DE MADRID
This year the underground is an active participant in Madrid’s 21st Science and Innovation Week. Accordingly, some of the more technological installations have been opened to the public and tours have been arranged around the Central Repair Shops, the Laboratory, the Fire-fighting Training Facility and the Station Simulator.
The visits are organised by the Regional Government of Madrid, through the madri+d Foundation for Knowledge, which seeks to actively involve citizens. Over these two weeks, more than 1,300 activities will be organised involving 500 institutions. Attendance is free of charge to all events.
Metro de Madrid also offers the chance to visit other spaces including Chamberí station, the Engine Shed and the exhibition of classic trains in Chamartín station on 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 November. All the information to visit these installations is available on the website: https://www.semanacienciamadrid.org/
OTHER IMPORTANT FIGURES IN THE UNDERGROUND
As well as the researchers recognised today, Metro de Madrid paid tribute at the start of the year to the role played by other researchers, in this case female scientists, whose biographies can be viewed at Manuela Malasaña station, also located on Line 12 of Metrosur. Each of these includes a brief biographic review so that travellers can see their influence down the years, thanks to their contributions to pioneering initiatives.
Accordingly, figures such as Hipatia de Alejandría, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Clara Campoamor, Rosalind Franklin and Margarita Salas “accompany” users of the station during their journeys. They changed the world. ‘Women who made history’ is the title of this exhibition of murals.