Antonio Martínez Cob

Dr. Martínez-Cob Graduated in Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1982. He obtained an MSc from the Instituto Agronómico Mediterráneo de Zaragoza (CIHEAM) in 1986. His doctoral degree (PhD. Soil Science) was issued by Oregon State University (Corvallis, USA) in 1990. Until 1995 he was a researcher at the Servicio de Investigación Agraria de la Diputación General de Aragón (Currently CITA, Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria). In 1996 he joined the Estación Experimental de Aula Dei of CSIC as tenured Scientist, and was promoted to Scientific Researcher in 2010. He developed his complete scientific career at the Research Group “Irrigation, Agronomy and the Environment” (CSIC-CITA).

Antonio was an accomplished scientist. According to the Web of Science, he is in the all-time top-ten list of scientists publishing on evapotranspiration for irrigation or agriculture. His research interests included the spatial distribution of evapotranspiration, the evaluation of reference evapotranspiration equations, the use of weighing lysimeters for short-time evapotranspiration measurement, the development of micrometeorological evapotranspiration estimation and measurement methods, and the deployment of sap flow measurement methods in herbaceous and woody crops. He published fifty-two indexed articles in internationally recognized scientific Journals. Antonio’s accomplishments go beyond scientific publications: he authored practice books on evapotranspiration, contributed to the design of networks of automatic weather stations, trained young researchers and practitioners, and effectively disseminated his research findings.

Antonio was an exceptional colleague and scholar. His approach to life and science of being honest, tenacious, modest and unpretentious deeply impacted all of us and helped many people feeling and becoming better. When he passed away prematurely, he left an indelible footprint in our memory and warmness around our hearts.

Thank you and rest in peace, Antonio.