Francisco López Capont

Category: Chemist
Birth Date: In 1922 (†10th November 2001)
Birth Place: Vigo (Pontevedra)

After taking his degree and doctor's degree in Chemistry at Santiago de Compostela University and studying Dietetics in Madrid, he travelled to France to study and work at the research laboratory of J.J. Carnaud et Forges de Base-Indre establishments. Later on, he travelled to England to work and study at Metal Box. He created the first laboratory of the Union of Manufacturers of tuned food in Vigo (the so-called 'Anfaco-Cecopesca' nowadays). He was nominated as an expert of the FAO and was appointed to many countries, where he gave classes and approached the fish industrialization. He also collaborated with other organisations of the United Nations such as the UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), OAS (Organization of American States), IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) and the Spanish Technical Cooperation. He was a Professor at Santiago de Compostela University until he retired in 1987.

 Work & Activities

These are some of his most important publications: El desarrollo industrial pesquero en el siglo XVIII, Diccionario Técnico Inglés-Español de Tecnología, especies y siglas pesqueras, La conserva y salazón de la sardina, etc.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He was one of the founders of the Galician Association of Chemists and the Galician delegation of the National Association of Chemists of Spain. In 1981, he created the Galician Association of Scientists and Food Technologists. In 1986, he entered the Galician Academy of Sciences with his speech La industria de la sardina hace doscientos años. La pesca en Galicia en la época de Cornide de Saavedra.