Claudio Sánchez-Albornoz y Menduiña (1893-1984)
Dr. Sanchez-Albornoz graduated from University of Madrid in 1913 with a degree in Philosophy and he earned his PhD in 1914 with a thesis entitled "The Monarchy in Asturias, León and Castilla during the Eighth and Thirteenth Centuries. The Royal Power and Suzerainties". He worked as a civil servant in the Public Libraries, Archives and Museums Service and became Professor of Spanish History in Barcelona, Valencia, Valladolid and Madrid. It was during his time as Professor in Madrid that he formed a prestigious research group on Medieval History Studies linked with "The Historical Studies Centre".
He was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy in 1931 and oversaw the installation of its new building in the "Ciudad Universitaria" and managed to implement an autonomous system of governance in the Faculty. He was Rector from 1932 to 1934.
He was fully involved in politics in the Second Spanish Republic: he was elected Member of Parliament for three consecutive terms in office, held the position of Minister of State and was Vice-President of Spanish Parliament. During the Spanish civil war he held the position of Ambassador in Lisbon and after the war he went into exile in Argentina where he would combine fervent academic activity with a strong presence in the Republic organisations in exile.