Famous Scientists from Spain

Updated June 14, 2019 18.4k views 32 items

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 Hiyya is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from Spain
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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 66 (1070-1136)

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Abraham Zacuto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Spain
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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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 58 (1452-1510)

Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain

Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from Spain
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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 77 (936-1013)

Birthplace: Medina Azahara, Spain

Ibn al-Baitar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Spain
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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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 51 (1197-1248)

Birthplace: Málaga, Spain