Degrees Honoris Causa

Honorary Doctorate Degrees

The Honorary Doctorate Degree was established By Royal Decree in 1920. Since then, honorary degrees have been awarded by the Complutense University to outstanding individuals who have made unique contributions  in a particular field of knowledge. Special mention must be made of the following recipients:

Gutiérrez, Avelino (Medicine), 29 February 1920
Gomez Teixeira, Francisco (Sciences), 30 April 1922
Einstein, Albert (Sciences), 26 February 1923
Cebrián, Juan C. (Philosophy), 26 February 1923
Huntington, Archer M. (Philosophy), 23 Nov. 1923
Maple, Jose (Medicine), 6 October 1924
Pelayo de la Torre, Ramon, 26 February 1926
Isábal and Road, Marcelino (Law), 26 March 1926
De Borbón and Hapsburg, Alfonso, 11 April 1927
Amo of, Gregorio (Sciences), 8 September 1928
Bratli, Carlos (Philosophy), 9 September 1928
García Kolhy, Mario (Philosophy and Law), 10 Sept. 1928
Walden, Paul (Sciences), 23 March 1934
Lewis, Gilbert (Sciences), 23 March 1934
Him Chatelier, Henry (Sciences), 23 March 1934
Robinson, Robert (Pharmacy), 23 March 1934
Fourneau, Jean (Sciences), 23 March 1934
Amstrong, Henry E. (Pharmacy), 23 March 1934
Parrawano, Nicola (Sciences), 23 March 1934
Karrer, Paul (Pharmacy), 23 March 1934
Sheperd, William R. (Philosophy), 23 March 1934
Caullery, Maurice (Sciences), 6 July 1935
Goldschmisdt, Richard (Sciences), 6 July 1935
Jeanel, René (Sciences), 6 July 1935
Wild, Filippo (Sciences), 6 July 1935
Cvarov, Boris P (Sciences), 6 July 1935
Vossler, Karl (Philosophy), 13 February 1944
Caeiro gives Bush, Jose (Econ., Comm. & Pol. Sc.), 8 Feb.1946
Fleming, Alexander (Sciences), 20 April 1948
Belaúnde, Victor Andrés (Econ, Com. and Polit. Sc), 17 Jan. 1950
Waksman, Selmas A. (Ciencias), 13 de marzo de 1950
Oliveira Salazar, Antonio, 26 March 1952
Tiselius, Arne (Sciences), 28 March 1957
Gaussen, Henry (Sciences), 20 May 1957
Nipperdey, Hans (Law), 18 February 1958
Tood, Alexander R. (Sciences), 3 March 1959
Caetano, Marcelo (Political, Econ. and Comm. Sciences), 4 June 1960
Erhard, Ludwig (Political, Economics and Comm. Sciences), 4 June 1960
Frondizi, Arturo (Law), 18 June 1960
Vecchio of, Giorgio (Law), 8 July 1961
Stoli, Arturo (Pharmacy), 8 October 1962
Babin, Jean (Philosophy), 13 November 1962
Vuyst of, Albert L.M.G. (Veterinary), 17 December 1962
Terlinden, Charles (Philosophy), 17 December 1962
Seekler, L. (Veterinary), 22 April 1963
Butenandt, Adolf (Sciences), 19 October 1963
Pietsch, Ernst Her. E. (Sciences) 3 March 1964
Braudel, Fernand (Political, Economics and Comm. Sciences), 13 May 1964
Bresou, Clement Veterinary), 9 June 1964
Bonadonna, Telesforo (Veterinary), 9 June 1964
Romulo, Carlos P. (Law),  November 7, 1964,
Burri, Conrad (Sciences), 15 April 1966
Konetzke, Richardt (Philosophy), 15 April 1966
Hamilton, Earl J. (Political, Econ. and Comm. Sciences), 3 November 1966
Scherrer, Paul (Sciences), 7 July 1966
Kubiena, Walter L. (Sciences), 15 April 1967
Castille, Armand Marie (Pharmacy), 21 June 1967
Courtois, Jean Emile (Sciences), 21 June 1967
Grassé, P.P. (Sciences), 7 July 1967
Cathala, Joseph (Sciences), 18 September 1967
Trimborn, Herman (Philosophy), 20 June 1969
Randa, Alexander Bon (Philosophy), 20 June 1969
Caldeyro Barcia, Robert (Medicine), 10 December 1969
Quiroga Maregal, Ignacio (Medicine), 10 December 1969
Robertis, Eduardo de (Medicine), 7 July 1970
Schneider, Erich (Political, Econ.and Comm. Sciences), 24 June 1971
Euler, Ulf S. Bon (Medicine), 24 June 1971
Valette, Guillermo (Pharmacy), 6 April 1973
Foglia, Virgilio G. (Sciences), 26 December 1973
Eyzaguirre, Carlos (Medicine), 26 December 1973
Prebisch, Raul (Economics and Business Sciences), 26 December 1973
Huisgen, Rolf (Sciences), 11 May 1974
Prebisch, Raul (Economics and Business Sciences), 26 December 1973
Neèl, Louis (Physical Sciences), 28 January 1978
Franchini, Aldo (Medicine), 26 December 1975
Lions, Jacques Louis (Mathematical Sciences), 26 December 1975
Rauchhaudt, Fiederich W. von (Law), 26 December 1975,
Winnacker, Karl (Chemical Sciences), 28 January 1977
Roche, Jean (Medicine), 28 January 1979
Kuttner, Stephan (Geography and History), 28 January 1978
Giménez Moreno, Wigberto (Geography and History), 28 January 1980
Schipperges, Heinrich (Medicine), 28 January 1979
Millot, George (Geological Sciences), 29 January 1979
Domínguez Ortiz, Antonio (Geography and History), 28 January 1980
Castroviejo Briones, Ramon (Medicine), 28 January 1981
Moore, Henry (Fine Arts), 19 May 1981
Mikat, Paul (Political Sciences and Sociology), 22 June 1981
Hironaka, Heisuke (Mathematical Sciences), 22 June 1981
Bender, Arnold E. (Pharmacy), 28 January 1983
Salam, Abbus (Physical Sciences), 28 January 1983
S.M. del Rey Don Juan Carlos I (Law), 20 December 1984
Pertini, Sandro (Law), 28 de January 1985
Shally, Andrew Victor (Medicine), 10 June 1985
Garcia Bacca, Juan David (Education Sciences), 10 June 1985
Ribeiro, Trimming (Geography and History), 10 June 1985
Bobbio, Norberto (Law), 10 June 1985,
Ayala, Francisco J. (Biological Sciences), 28 January 1986
Moncada, Salvador (Medicine), 28 January 1986
Bobbio, Norberto (Law), 10 June 1985
Barandiarán, Jose Miguel de (Geography and History), 28 January 1987
Rat, Pierre (Geological Sciences), 28 January 1987
Segovia Torres, Andrés (Media and Communication Sciences), 26 June 1987
Delibes Setién, Miguel (Media and Communication Science), 26 June 26 1987
Cowdery Kendrew, John (Chemical Sciences), 26 June 1987
Roversi-Monaco, Favio A. (Law), 28 January 1988
Giannini, severe maximum (Law), 28 January 1988
Alfonsin, Raul (Political Sciences and Sociology), 3 June 1988
Alberti, Rafael (Philology), 1 June 1993
Essex, Myron E. (veterinary), 28 January 1989
Bergdoll, Merlin S. (veterinary), 28 January 1989
Romiti, Cesare (Law), 16 March 1989
Domingo Embil, Placido (Law), 13 April 1989
Ayala, Francisco (Philology),  January 28, 1989
Biscardi, Arnaldo (Law), May 16, 1989,
Ferrer Rodríguez, Eulalio Media and Comm. Sciences), 28 June 1989
Garcia Berlanga, Luis (Media and Communication Sciences), 28 June 1989
Marini - Bettolo M., Giovanni B. (Pharmacy), 28 June 1989
Rodrigo Vidre, Joaquín (Geography and History), 28 June 28
le Douarin, Nicole (Medicine), 13 July 1989,
Bardet, Lucette (Pharmacy), 13 July 1988
Furtado, Celso  (Economics and Business Sciences), 13 July 1988
Twidale, Charles (geography and geological History), 2 October 1991
Escámez López, Alfonso (Law), 27 March 1990
Dubcek, Alexander (Political Sciences and Sociology), 27 April 1990
Gorbachev, Mikhail (Political Sciences and Sociology), 27 October 1990
Beinart, Haim (Philology), 16 May 1989
Roche, Jean (Medicine), 28 January 1979
Samuelsson, Bengt (Medicine), 28 January 1991
Ben, Amnon (Philology), 12 November 1998
Cela Trulock, Camilo (Philology), 6 June 1991
Cardinali, Daniel (Medicine), 18 June 1991
Hanack, Michael (Chemistry), 18 June 1991
Mandela, Nelson (Law), 23 July 1991
Popper, Karl (Economics and Business Administration), 28 October 1991
Freire, Paulo(Education), 16 December 1991
La Pergola, Antonio (Law), 28 January 1991
Bottineau, Yves (Geography and History), 28 January 1991
Gombrich, Ernst (Geography and History), 28 January 1991
Matutes Juan, Abel (Media and Communication Science), 26 March 1992
Eccles, John C. (Medicine), 28 April 1992
García Gallo de Diego, Alfonso (Geography and History), 15 July 1992
Ricoeur, Paul (Philosophy), 27 January 1993
Sykes, Richard B. (Pharmacy), 27 January 1993
Calderon Fournier, Rafael Ángel (Law), 28 January 1993
Spadolini, Giovanni (Media and Communication Sciences), 28 January 1993
Grice-Hutchinson, Marjorie (Economics and Business Administ.), 14 April 1993
Professor Gamillscheg, Franz (Law), 22 April 1993
Count Conde, Mario (Law),  9 June 1993
Carpizo, Jorge (Law), 5 November 1993
Stenberg, Robert J. (Education), 26 January 1994
Roxin, Claus (Law), 28 January 1994
Hermosilla Martín, Ramon (Law), 28 January 1994
Igorevich Arnold, Vladimir (Mathematical Sciences), 21 June 1994
Katy, David C. (Medicine), 21 June 1994
Almeida dos Santos, Milton (Geography and History), 8 November 1994
Meurig Thomas, John (Chemistry), 8 November 1994
Veríssimo Serrão, Joaquim (Geography and History), 26 January 1995
Patarroyo Murillo, M.E. (Medicine), 27 January 1995
Bouchal, Jean (Law), 10 March 1995
Osborne Wilson, Edward (Media and Commun. Sciences), 10 March 1995
Pena Gomez, J.F. (Law), 25 May 1995
Kelman, Herbert C. (Political Sciences and Sociology), 25 May 1995
Jünger, Ernst (Philosophy), 3 July 1995
Alpa, Guido (Law), 17 April 1996
Burdese, Alberto (Law), 17 April 1996
Suárez González, Adolfo (PoliticalSciences and Sociology), 28 May 1996
Soares, Mario (Political Sciences and Sociology), 28 May 1996
Schwartz, Seymour (Medicine), 20 May 1997
Cervos-Navarro, Jorge (Medicine), 20 May 1997
Vague, Jean (Medicine), 20 May 1997
Llinás, Rodolfo (Medicine), 20 October 1997
Margaret Polak, Julia (Medicine), 20 October 1997
Alonso Bernaola, Carmelo (Geography and History), 26 March 1996
Jimenez-encina Halffter, Cristobal (Geography and History), 26 March 1996
Marco Aragón, Tomás (Geography and History), 26 March 1996
Pablo Costales, Luis de (Geography and History), 27 March 1996
Coseriu, Eugenio (Philology), 28 June 1991
Matos Oliveira, Ricardo A. (Geological Sciences), 12 November 1998
Favoreau, Louis (Law), 12 November 1998
Mattessich, Richard V. (Economics and Business Administ.), 12 November 1998
Merton, Robert K. (Political Sciences and Sociology), 17 June 1998
Bedjaoui, Mohammed (Political Sciences and Sociology), 10 November 1999
Livi Bacci, Massimo (Political Sciences and Sociology), 10 November 1999
Imai, Kazuhiro (Pharmacy), 10 November 1999
Threshold, Francisco (Media and Communication Sciences), 2 December 1999
Eco, Umberto (Philology), 18 December 1990
Carr, Raymond (Geography and History), 21 March 2000
Gentili, Bruno (Philology), 21 March 2000
Pavitt, Keith (Economics and Business Administration), 21 March 2000
Vandelli, Luciano (Law), 10 May 2000
Marti Mingarro, Luis (Law), 10 May 2000
Moderne, Frank (Law), 10 May 2000
Chillida Juantegui, Eduardo (Philosophy), 7 October 2000
Pastrana Aceves, Patricia Elena (Pharmacy), 13 December 2000
Sánchez Vázquez, Adolfo (Political Sciences and Sociology), 13 December 2000
Hirschman, Albert O. (Political Sciences and Sociology), 8 May 2001
Dahl, Robert A. (Political Sciences and Sociology), 8 May 2001
Sartori, Giovanni (Political Sciences and Sociology), 8 May 2001
Pizzorusso, Alessandro (Law), 20 June 2001
Dooge, James C.I. (geological sciences), 20 June  2001
González Casanova, Pablo (Political Sciences and Sociology) 20 June 2001
Amann, Herbert (Mathematical Sciences), 13 May 2002
Bertolino, Rinaldo (Law),13 May 2002
Zimmet, Paul (Medicine), 13 May 2002
Brenner, Barry M. (Medicine), 17 December 2002
Fix-Zamudio, Hector (Law), 9 April 2003,
Hollerbach, Alexander (Law), 9 April 2003
Berganza, Teresa (Geography and History), 2 June 2003
García Abril, Anton (Geography and History), 2 June 2003
Elliot, John (Geography and History), 2 June 2003
Tàpies, Antoni (Fine Arts), 21 November 2003
Seligman, Martín E.P.(Psychology), 28 January 2004
Hermet, Guy (Political Sciences and Sociology), 28 January 2004
Yunus, Muhammad(Economics and Business Administration), 20 October 2004
Baeyens, Willy R.G.(Pharmacy), 26 October 2004
Villegas-Narvaez, Pedro(Veterinary), 26 October 2004
Wudl, Fred(Chemistry), 26 October 2004
Schuller, Ivan K.(Physical Sciences), 28 January 2004
Fumaroli, Marc(Philology), 28 January 2005
Glendinning, Nigel(Geography and History), 27 January 2006
Mechoulam, Raphael(Medicine), 27 January 2006
Gil Fernández, Juan(Philology), 28 January 2008
Serrat, Joan Manuel15 March 2006
Serre, Jean-Pierre(Mathematical Sciences), 27 April 2006
Colon Domenech, German (Philology), 29 January 2007
Napolitano, Giorgio(Philology/Political Sciences and Sociology), 29 January 2007
Magris, Claudio (Philology), 24 February 2006
Halffter, Gonzalo (Biological Sciences), 19 April 2007
Carulla Fuster, Valentin(Medicine), 19 April 2007
Wang, Joseph (Chemistry), 19 June 2007
Pamuk, Orhan (Philology), 19 December 2007
Santalucia, Bernardo (Law), 28 January 2008
Pamuk, Orhan (Philology), 19 December 2007
Zewail Ahmed H (Chemistry), 12 May 2008
Cicourel, Aaron V. (Political Sciences and Sociology), 19 June 2008
White, Halbert L. (Economics and Business Administration), 19 June 2008
Levi-Montalcini, Rita (Medicine), 23 October 2008
Sen, Amartya K. (Economics and Business Administration), 30 January 2009
Rabinowitz, Paul H. (Mathematical Sciences), 30 January 2009
Malaisse, Willy J. (Medicine), 25 May 2009
Radomski, Marek W.(Medicine), 25 May 2009
Plotkin, Stanley A.(Medicine), 25 May 2009
León-Portilla, Miguel(Geography and History), 29 January 2010
Wolf, Christa(Philology), 4 October 2010
Gómez García, Luis José(Philology/Madrid Theatre), 23 March 2011
Leggett, Anthony J.(Physical Sciences), 5 May 2011
Birbaumer, Niels (Psychology), 27 January 2012
Molina-Pasquel Henríquez, Mario J.(Chemistry), 7 June 2012
W. Kroto, Harold  (Chemistry), 7 June 2012
Espert Romero, Nuria  (Geography and History), 28 January 2013
Hoare, Charles Antony Richard (Information Technology), 10 May 2012
Valero Cortés, Matthew(Information Technology), 10 May 2012
Pollini, Maurizio(Philology), 3 June 2013
Echenique Landiríbar, Peter M.(Physical Sciences), 7 November 2013
Serruys, Patrick Washington (Medicine), 28 November 28 2013,
Saura Atarés, Carlos (Media and Communication Sciences), 27 January 2014


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