Martha Cecilia Bustamante, the Colombian exalted by the French Academy of Sciences

Martha Cecilia Bustamante de la Ossa is a Colombian born in the coffee-rich Quindian town of Calarcá, there between the mountains appeared a starry sky full of beauty and mysteries, and between the aroma of coffee he discovered his passion for the stars and also for physics.

Her love for science took her to the old continent, there in France, the land of freedom, chosen by Marie Curie, one of the most important women of science in history as her homeland, this talented Colombian decided unleash your unique ability for astrophysics.

Martha Bustamante dedicated herself for 17 years to doing what few wanted to do, she delved into the study of a revolutionary physical theory of the early 20th century, the Calarque native has given her life to academia and research, she has a master’s degree in physics from the National Pedagogical University and a doctorate from the University of Paris VII.

AL´ aude de la Théorie des Quanta (At the dawn of quantum theory), in which he rescued unpublished manuscripts that allowed him to reconstruct that history, for this and various reasons, the French Academy of Sciences praised the Colombian as one of the professionals in the world who transcend with her research.

Martha Bustamante was in charge of rescuing the working documents of the French mathematician Emilio Borel that were forgotten in the French Academy of Sciences, of which they have been part René Descartes, Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Pascal, among others.

On November 25, 2021, Dr. Martha Bustamante received the award Paul Doistau- Émile Blutet of Scientific Information, an annual recognition carried out by the academy to reward those who work in science, epistemology or extension works.

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The award received by the quindiana is the confirmation that his work has been something very important and significant for science, because the analysis of astrophysics allowed to determine that the written notes and the work of Borel recorded the first approximations of the arrival of quantum physics in France.

It is not easy for a science person from Latin America to stand out in the French sphere, but a Colombian is throwing that to the ground thanks to her talent, ability and a lot, but a lot of patience, because invested 17 years of his life to deliver important material to France to advance the understanding that the arrival of quantum physics in the Gallic country occurred earlier than expected.

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