Piedad de La Cierva: a surprising career during the second republic and Franco’s regime
Piedad de la Cierva earned her degree in Sciences from the University of Valencia in 1932. That same year she moved to Madrid to prepare her thesis at the prestigious Rockefeller Institute. Two years later, she was given a grant to extend her studies on radioactivity at the Nils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. She was able to continue her scientific research after the Civil War and was a pioneer in areas such as optical glass or refractory brick manufacture. This work aims to raise the profile of this female pioneer’s work by tracing her intellectual biography from her memoirs and the limited data available from the specialised bibliography. Her work as a scientist revealed the difficulties that she met and the support she obtained to help her make her way in a predominantly male world.