Blas Cabrera y Felipe (1878-1945)
He graduated in Physical and Mathematical Sciences from the University of Madrid and earned his doctoral degree in 1901.
In 1905, he accepted a position as Professor of Electricity and Magnetism at the same university.
As well as being active in research, he took part in the establishment of the Spanish Society of Physics and Chemistry and became a member of the Board for Advanced Studies. He also managed the Physical Research Laboratory which turned into the National Institute of Physics and Chemistry in the years of the Second Republic and was built with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation.
He served as Rector of the Central University of Madrid from 1930 to 1931 and was an active promoter of the international summer courses in Santander (1933).
He was expelled from the Senate by Franco's government and he went into exile in Mexico where he joined the National Autonomous University of Mexico.