Ramon Margalef passed away on 23 May 2004, shortly after celebrating his 85th birthday. Ramon Margalef was, for a long time, the limnologist, the marine ecologist and the ecologist, straight and to the point, Catalan and Spanish par excellence. He was a pioneer and standard bearer in these fields of scientific knowledge, having contributed immensely to scientific endeavours that range from limnology and oceanographic biology to theoretical ecology. His scientific production, whichever way it may be measured, is enormous. Thus, he has published around four hundred scientific articles and about twenty scientific books. His articles on commentary and popularization of science are also very numerous.
Even if few of his articles appeared in journals of the Science Citation Index, Ramo Margalef became the most cited Spanish researcher, sharing with Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Severo Ochoa the fact of being the three most relevant Spanish scientific workers in the life sciences out of 95 researchers in the world. The book Perspectives in ecological theory (1968) and the articles "On certain unifying principles in ecology" (1963), "Life-forms of phytoplankton as survival alternatives in an unstable environment" (1978) and "From hydrodynamic processes to structure (information) and from information to process" (1985c) are classics in what concerns citations, and the first one is considered to be one of the two classical articles in the life sciences of the XX Century.
Taken from "Margalef or the panoptic curiosity" by Joandomènec Ros