Chacon de Popovici was born in Lima, Peru on November 4, 1940. She studied
biological sciences in the National University Mayor de San Marcos, in Lima
during the years 1959 - 1962 where she received her bachelors degree in
Biological Sciences with the theme of: Photochemical Study of
"Maca" at the age of 20.
During the years 1960 - 1991 she specialized in
different fields of the Biological Sciences such as Botanical Taxonomy, Phyto-Chemistry and
Qualitative Chemistry. In 1962 with the assistance of her new
husband Dr. Zacarias Popovici were she continued her research and studies with
her fishery expert husband. She continued her studies of Plankton Dynamics of
Populations in Commercial Fishing with Statistic Analysis in the Biology
Department at Marine Resources Institute in La Punta Callao, Peru with great
attention on Physics Oceanography.
The year 1965 was especially busy for Dr. Chacon
when she preformed Ecological investigations on plankton organisms in the
Peruvian currents as part of her studies on Oceanographic maps and charts for
the Atlas of History of Oceanic Geography. During the same year, she
investigated the pulmonary functions in sheep at the Pathology Institute of
San Marcos University.
With little rest, she went on in 1966 to form the
Organization of Hydro Biological Institute in the research of aquatic
fauna of common delta regions of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers in India and
the shallow waters of the north of the Bengal Gulf with her husband Dr. Zacarias
Popovici who was a renowned fishery expert for the FAO of the United Nations
with concentration on East Pakistan which is now called Bangladesh.
In 1972 Dr. Chacon received her Doctoral degree
in biological sciences. Her work on the medicinal effects of minerals earned her
an outstanding award of distinction from the University of San Marcos, in Lima
She continued to work side by side with her
husband, until his death in 1990. Their last work together investigated the
effect of the El Nino current on the Peruvian cost. Together Dr. Chacon and her
husband produced and published dozens of scientific studies for the Health
Ministry of Peru. These studies covered the taxonomy of micro algae (chlorealla)
and the bactericidal effects of medicinal minerals found in South American
After her husband's death, Dr. Chacon returned to
her passion and studies of MACA. By combining her knowledge of medicinal
minerals in water and her previous work with South American medicinal plants,
she developed and presented many conferences and symposiums on the medicinal and
nutritional effects of "MACA". Her persistence and dedication to the
study of MACA as a medicinal root herb lead to the official classification and
registration using the name Lepidium peruvianum Chacon for MACA by the The
Museum of Natural History, in Lima , Peru, and identified as registration number
USM:89129 dated September 17, 1993. In addition, it has also been acknowledged
by the Herbal Botanical Gardens of Berlin-Dahlem, Germany and the Herbal
Botanical Studies of the University of California at Berkeley, Continued
recognition followed from The Herbal Botanical Gardens of the University of
In October 1996 Dr. Chacon was sponsored by the
academic faculty of The Department of Pharmaceuticals and Biochemistry at San
Marcos University, where she presented her now famous symposium on the medicinal
plants and vegetables of Peru. Parts of this conference are presented in her
book The Importance of Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon "MACA"
in the Nutritional and Health of Humans and Animals.
She has continued her research and work on infectious
diseases such as cholera, and was graduated with honors and distinction.
Continuing her focus on microscopic investigations working for the National
Service of Mining and Geology in Lima, Peru.
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