Philippine Science Letters
vol. 6 | no. 2 | 2013
published online November 25, 2013


Hard work pays off: Getting to Know
Dr. Ernesto Domingo

by Jortan Tun

Marine Natural Products Laboratory, The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman



Reading life stories of scientists is a perfect way to get inspiration, encouragements, valuable tips, best practices, and insights that may help budding scientists generate the motivation they need to do great work. A recount of the life and work of National Scientist Ernesto O. Domingo is among the most inspiring.

When I was asked to write an article about him, I felt honored, yet uncertain. I inquired naively: “Who is Ernesto Domingo?” We certainly have read a lot about foreign scientists: Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin to name a few. But we, particularly the young investigators, hardly know our own scientists and their contributions to the country. And if you are like me, you probably have not heard of Dr. Ernesto Domingo.