A pharmacist is more that a sellet of drugs. A pharmacist is “a health professional trained in the science of preparing and dispensing drugs.” So if you are a bit hesitant to consider pharmacy as a career option, you may want to know Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo, a genius in pharmaceutical chemistry.
Dr. Oliveros-Belardo spent five decades “studying the chemistry of natural products and essential oils from the Philippine plants.” Specifically, she studied the physical and chemical properties of 33 unique Philippine essential oils, and this resulted in the creation of new flavors and herbal medicines.
Dr. Oliveros-Belardo received 32 awards, all of which are dedicated to her expertise in the field of chemical research. She was conferred the National Scientist designation in 1987. Some of her most notable awards include the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association Outstanding Pharmacist Award (1963); THE National Research Council of the Philippines Award in Phytochemistry (1984); the Distinguished Leadership Award in Chemistry, (awarded in the United States in 1985); and the El Consejo Cultural Mundial Award in Mexico in 1988.
Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo rightly deserves to be recognized all over the world, Filipino scientists—budding or otherwise—stand to learn a lot from Dr. Oliveros-Belardo’s example. Dedication, painstaking efforts to hone one’s skills, and yes, pride in one’s country—these are just some of the traits that make Dr. Oliveros-Belardo truly one of the greatest Filipino scientists the Philippine has ever produced.
►Pinoy Scientist on the Rise. http://agham.asti. Dost.gov.ph/1998/9th/inteli/intel.htm
►Luz Oliveros Belardo. http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Luz_Oliveros_Belardo
►Luz Oliveros-Belardo. http://www.nast.dost.gov.ph/pro_oliveros_belardo.htm
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