Famous Scientists from Spain

List of notable or famous scientists from Spain, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in Spain and even some popular scientists who immigrated to Spain. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Spanish scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known scientist from Spain is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including Michael Servetus and Abraham Zacuto.

This historic scientists from Spain list can help answer the questions "Who are some Spanish scientists of note?" and "Who are the most famous scientists from Spain?" These prominent scientists of Spain may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Spanish scientists.

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  • Abraham bar Ḥiyya ha-Nasi (Hebrew: אַבְרָהָם בַּר חִיָּיא הַנָשִׂיא; c. 1070 – 1136 or 1145), also known as Abraham Savasorda, Abraham Albargeloni, and Abraham Judaeus, was a Jewish mathematician, astronomer and philosopher who resided in Barcelona. Bar Ḥiyya was active in translating the works of Islamic science into Latin, and was likely the earliest to introduce Arabic algebra into Christian Europe. He also wrote several original works on mathematics, astronomy, Jewish philosophy, chronology, and land surveying. His most influential work is his Ḥibbur ha-Meshiḥah ve-ha-Tishboret, translated in 1145 into Latin as Liber embadorum. A Hebrew treatise on practical geometry and Islamic ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1070-1136)
    • Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
  • Abraham Zacuto
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    Abraham Zacuto (Hebrew: אַבְרָהָם בֵּן שְׁמוּאֵל זַכּוּת‎, romanized: Avraham ben Shmuel Zacut, Portuguese: Abraão ben Samuel Zacuto; 12 August 1452 – c. 1515) was a Spanish astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, rabbi and historian who served as Royal Astronomer to King John II of Portugal. The crater Zagut on the Moon is named after him.
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1452-1510)
    • Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain
  • Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi
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    Abū al-Qāsim Khalaf ibn al-‘Abbās al-Zahrāwī al-Ansari (Arabic: أبو القاسم خلف بن العباس الزهراوي‎;‎ 936–1013), popularly known as Al-Zahrawi (الزهراوي), Latinised as Abulcasis (from Arabic Abū al-Qāsim), was an Arab Muslim physician, surgeon and chemist who lived in Al-Andalus. He is considered as the greatest surgeon of the Middle Ages, and has been described as the father of surgery.Al-Zahrawi's principal work is the Kitab al-Tasrif, a thirty-volume encyclopedia of medical practices. The surgery chapter of this work was later translated into Latin where it received popularity and became the standard text book in Europe for the next 500 years. Al-Zahrawi's pioneering contributions to the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (936-1013)
    • Birthplace: Medina Azahara, Spain
  • Ḍiyāʾ Al-Dīn Abū Muḥammad ʿAbdllāh Ibn Aḥmad al-Mālaqī, commonly known as Ibn al-Bayṭār (1197–1248 AD) was an Amazigh Andalusian pharmacist, botanist, physician and scientist. His main contribution was to systematically record the additions made by Islamic physicians in the Middle Ages, which added between 300 and 400 types of medicine to the one thousand previously known since antiquity.
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1197-1248)
    • Birthplace: Málaga, Spain
  • Andrés Manuel del Río
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    Andrés Manuel del Río y Fernández (10 November 1764, Madrid, Spain – 23 March 1849, Mexico City, Mexico) was a Spanish–Mexican scientist, naturalist and engineer who discovered compounds of vanadium in 1801. He proposed that the element be given the name panchromium, or later, erythronium, but his discovery was not credited at the time, and his names were not used.
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1764-1849)
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
  • Ángel Cabrera

    Ángel Cabrera (19 February 1879 – 8 July 1960) was a Spanish zoologist. Cabrera was born in Madrid and studied at the city's university. He worked the National Museum of Natural Sciences from 1902, going on several collecting expeditions to Morocco. In 1907 he proposed that the Iberian wolf was a separate subspecies which he named Canis lupus signatus. In 1925 Cabrera went to Argentina and remained there for the rest of his life. He was head of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Museo de la Plata, and made collecting trips to Patagonia and Catamarca. His books included South American Mammals (1940).
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1879-1960)