PhD honoris causa

Dr. Vladimir Prelog

1. Dr. Vladimir Prelog (†)

Awarded: year 1978
Proposed by: IQS-URL

Born in Sarajevo in 1906 and died in Zurich in 1998, Dr. Prelog earned an undergraduate degree and PhD in Chemistry from Prague University. He served as Director of the Organic Chemistry Institute at Zagreb Technological University and was a Professor in the Higher Technical School. He was also the President of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. He won a Nobel Prize for his work on molecules along with the Anglo-Australian Chemist, John Comforth. He is a PhD honoris causa for Zagreb University and twenty other universities around the world. He was also an honorary member of the Zagreb Academy of Science and Art and fourteen other scientific societies. He received eighteen important distinctions. Along with other Nobel Prize winners, he signed a protest against the aggression suffered by Croatia.

   
   
   

Dr. Manuel Lora-Tamayo
 

2. Dr. Manuel Lora-Tamayo (†)

Awarded: year 1981
Proposed by: IQS-URL

Dr. Lora-Tamayo was born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1904 and died in Madrid in 2002. He served as Minister of Education (1962-1968) during difficult times in Spain, especially for universities. He was a man of science, laboratories and research. He was a member of various academies and the multidisciplinary Royal Academy of Doctors. He stood out in the Organic Chemistry field and as a pioneer at the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC), breaking many political and politicised moulds. He was responsible for creating academic departments within university schools and the role of Lecturers as an intermediate function between Academic Assistants and Associate and Full Professors. He also created scholarships for research. With his important Law on Technical Educational Programmes, he restructured these programmes to include undergraduate degrees in Architecture, Engineering, Building Engineers and Experts within the university realm, without fractures. In 1961 he was also made PhD honoris causa for the University of Paris.

   
   
   

Dr. George Porter

3.  Dr. George Porter (†)

Awarded: year 1981
Proposed by: IQS-URL

Born in Stainforth (Yorkshire) in 1920 and died in England in 2002, Dr. Porter earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Leeds. In 1945 he joined Cambridge University where, along with R. G. W. Norrish, he began his studies on free radicals. He also served as Adjunct Director of the British Rayon Research Association, as Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Royal Institution and Chancellor of Leicester University. In 1967, Dr. Porter, M. Eigen and R. G. W. Norrish were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research on extremely fast reactions induced by energy pulses (flash photolysis). He also served as President of the Royal Society and the British Association and was the Founding President of the Committee on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS). His other distinctions include the Davy, Rumford, Ellison-Cliffe and Copley medals.

   
   
   
Dr. Oskar Jeger

4. Dr. Oskar Jeger

Awarded: year 1985
Proposed by: IQS-URL

He was born in 1918 and earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Sciences. Later forced to immigrate to Switzerland, he became a member of the Laboratorium für Organische Chemie a l’Eidgeenössische Technische Hochscule (ETH) in Zurich were he worked alongside two Nobel Prize winners, Leopold Ruzicka and Vladimir Prelog, amongst the nine Nobels included amongst ETH’s faculty. His contribution to the study of natural products, our knowledge of steroid chemistry and photochemistry was significant to the development of Chemistry. He published a total of 267 articles throughout his life.

   
   
   

Dr. Ramon Margalef

5. Dr. Ramon Margalef (†)

Awarded: year 1985
Proposed by: IQS-URL

Dr. Margalef was born in Barcelona in 1919 and died in the same city in 2004. He earned his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences in 1949, eventually becoming an eminent ecologist,  limnologist, oceanographer and planktologist and possibly the most renowned Catalan scientist and naturalist. He made important contributions to the field of ecology without obviating the social environment. In 1967 he became the first Professor of Ecology in Spain at the Universitat de Barcelona. Some of his books reflect his intense efforts to discover how nature works in terms of the most exact sciences, though without losing sight of nature’s limitless and difficult-to-explain creative and destructive forces, the mechanisms behind evolution. He was distinguished with numerous awards and distinctions around the world.

   
   
   
Dr. Kurt Schäffner

6. Dr. Kurt Schäffner

Awarded: year 1991
Proposed by: IQS-URL
 

Born in 1931, he earned a PhD in Chemistry at the Eidgeenössische Technische Hochscule (ETH) in Zürich, later becoming a professor at the Organic Chemistry Laboratory. He also served as Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Geneva and was a member and the Director of the Max Plank Institut für Strahlenchemie. His research focused on photochemistry and photobiology as well as organo-metallic compounds and the photochemistry of bio-mimetic processes. He developed diverse techniques and procedures to study the kinetics of extremely fast energy transferrals (in femtoseconds), something which is the norm today. Amongst other distinctions, he was awarded the ETH Silver Medal, the Ruzicka Award, the Swiss Chemical Society Award and the European Society for Photobiology Award.

   
   
   

Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza

7. Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Awarded: year 1992
Proposed by: IQS-URL 
 

Born in 1934 in Barcelona. He holds an undergraduate degree and PhD in Pharmaceuticals. He served as Rector at the Universidad de Granada, Professor of Biochemistry at the same university and at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He also served as Minister of Education and Science, the Co-Founder and Director of the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Centre, a Member of the Spanish and European Parliaments and Director General of UNESCO. He has published in and is a member of numerous scientific and research journals. He is also an essayist, a poet and the President of the Fundación Ramón Areces Scientific Council, the Fundación por una Cultura de Paz and the telecommunications company, FirstMark.

 

 

NOTA: All the PhD honoris causa between 1978 and 1992 were nominated by the Sarrià Chemical Institute (IQS), Universitat Ramon Llull’s founding institution, before the formal creation of URL in May 1992. They were retroactively made PhD honoris causa for URL at IQS’ request and after approval from the university’s Academic Council and Board of Trustees.

 
 
 
Dr. Joan Triadú

8. Dr. Joan Triadú (†)

Awarded: April, 24th 1998
Proposed by: Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education Sciences and Sport-URL
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Born in Ribes de Freser in 1921 and died in Barcelona in 2010, Dr. Triadú was a writer and teacher who earned an undergraduate degree in Classic Languages. He participated actively in training the first professors of Catalan after the Spanish Civil War and was a reference for the intellectual nationalist resistance. He worked for the journals, Ariel, Pont Blau, Vida Nova and Serra d’Or, and the newspaper, Avui. He also served as Technical Secretary for the political and cultural organization, Òmnium Cultural, where he defined various of the institution’s guidelines; as Director of the Catholic Influence Centre (CIC) and the Thau School. He was also the founder of the Catalan Teaching Council. He authored numerous texts and obtained various distinctions for his work.

   
   
   

Dr. K. Roel Westerterp

9. Dr. K. Roel Westerterp (†)

Awarded: April, 24th 1998
Proposed by: IQS-URL
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Born in Beilen (Holland) in 1928, he earned a Master in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Technical Sciences from the University of Delft. Along with Professor H. Kramer, the “father” of Chemical Engineering in the Netherlands, they co-authored the first textbook on chemical reactors. Westerterp’s thesis introduced the chemicals method to determine the interfacial area (contact angle) of a disperse gas within a liquid. He also served as Director General of the company, N. V. Petrochemie Aku-Amoco, and Director of the Chemical Unit at Enka-Glanzstoff. In addition, he was the President of the Scientific and Organising Committee for the First World Congress of Chemical Engineering and a Member and Scientific President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE). The scientific merit of his work is reflected in the twenty-five doctoral theses he directed and his more than three-hundred scientific publications. He received numerous awards and distinctions throughout his life.

   
   
   

Dr. Thomas Curley


 

10. Dr. Thomas Curley

Awarded: June, 2th 2000
Proposed by: La Salle Engineering and Architecture-URL
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Born in Pennsylvania in 1948, Dr. Curley studied Political Science at La Salle University in Philadelphia (US). He worked at the Times-Union (Gannett company) newspaper in Rochester (New York) as editor of the night-desk. He would eventually go on to become Information Director for Gannett and coordinate the group’s research projects. He would then be named Editor of the Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut) and Editor of Courier News in  Bridgewater (New Jersey). Curley would eventually become President and Editor of USA Today after leading the project to create this newspaper with nation-wide distribution in the US. Thanks to his work at USA Today, the newspaper sells more than 2,300,000 copies per day and is the most widely-distributed newspaper in the United States.

   
   
   

Dr. Paul Ricoeur

11. Dr. Paul Ricoeur (†)

Awarded: April, 24th 2001
Proposed by: Faculty of Philosophy-URL
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Paul Ricoeur was born in Valencia (Delfinat) in 1913 and died in Châtenay-Malabry in 2005. He was influenced by Van des de Roland Dalbiez, K. Jaspers, and including G. Marcel, J. Nabert and E. Mounier. His earliest work focused on conflict and suffering, representing an approach to the realm of problems such as alienation and personal and collective culpability. Ricoeur examined these topics from a new perspective, one in which existence isn’t seen as an end or a contingency, rather, as an opening and as affirmation. Ricoeur became a teacher and required reference in the field. For more than fifty years he was present in the leading debates on the relation between the sciences and philosophy.

   
   
   

Dr. Thomas J. Allen

12. Dr. Thomas J. Allen

Awarded: April, 12th 2002
Proposed by: IQS School of Management -URL
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Dr. Allen was born in Newark (New Jersey) in 1931. He obtained a BS in Physics from Upsala College, an SM in Electrical Engineering and Management and a PhD in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as Director of Research for MIT’s Management programme throughout the 1990s, as Director and Co-Director of the International Center for Research on the Management of Technology, Vice-Dean of Sloan School of Management (MIT), Co-Director of the Program on the Pharmaceutical Industry and Co-Director of the Lean Aerospace Initiative. He has also been named PhD honoris causa by the State University of Gent (Belgium), Chalmers University of Technology and Linköping University, the latter two in Sweden.

   
   
   
Dr. Georges A. Guiochon

13. Dr. Georges A. Guiochon (†)

Awarded: September, 13th 2002
Proposed by: IQS-URL
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Dr. Guiochon attended the École Polytechnique where he completed his PhD. His thesis versed on the kinetics of NH4NO3 or ammonium nitrate’s technical decomposition. Before completing his studies, he suffered poliomyelitis, leaving him wheelchair bound. He needed assistance to complete his doctoral thesis as he was unable to walk. His strength and spirit to overcome obstacles stood out. Upon completing his thesis, he was named Director of the Gay-Lussac Laboratory where he created a team, including numerous researchers from Spain. He was also decisive in the creation of the Chromatography Group in Spain. To examine the decomposition of ammonium nitrate, he had to study decomposition gases. That is how he came to gas chromatography, a technique which first appeared in 1952.

   
   
   

Dr. Miquel Batllori Munné

14. Dr. Miquel Batllori Munné (†)

Awarded: May, 23th 2002
Proposed by: URL Rector’s Office simultaneously with Alicante, Barcelona, Autónoma de Barcelona, Gerona, Islas Baleares, Jaime I, Lleida, Oberta de Catalunya, Politécnica de Catalunya, Politécnica de Valencia, Pompeu Fabra, Rovira i Virgili, Valencia and Vic universities

He was born in Barcelona in 1909 and died in Sant Cugat del Vallès in 2003. He earned undergraduate degrees in History, Law, Philosophy and Theology. His work included more than 200 titles translated into several languages. His research focused on Ramon Llull and Lullianism in Europe, Humanism and the Renaissance, and Jesuit culture in the 18th century, amongst other topics. His distinctions included the Government of Catalonia’s Medalla d’Or (gold medal), the Honorary Award for Catalan Humanities and the Medal of Honour (Gold Category) from the Catalan Parliament. He was also named an Honorary Member of the Association of Catalan Language Writers.

   
   
   
Dr. Domenico Lenarduzzi

15. Dr. Domenico Lenarduzzi

Awarded: June, 3rd 2003
Proposed by: Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education Sciences and Sport-URL
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Born in Turin (Italy) in 1936, Lenarduzzi is a Commercial Engineer and holds an undergraduate degree in Political and Social Sciences. He has also served as Director of the Studies Service within the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional Policy and Director of the Human Resource, Education, Training and Youth Task Force. In addition, he is co-responsible for the creation of the EC’s new Directorate General for Education and Culture. He has been named PhD honoris causa by numerous European universities and has received the French Legion of Honour.

   
   
   
Dr. Salvador Minuchin

16. Dr. Salvador Minuchin

Awarded: June, 3rd 2003
Proposed by: Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education Sciences and Sport-URL
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Dr. Minuchin was born in Argentina in 1921. He holds an undergraduate degree in Medicine and received a certificate in Psychoanalysis from William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology (New York). He served as Psychiatric Director for Youth Aliyah, an organisation treating at-risk children in Israel. In Philadelphia, he served as Director of the Child Guidance Clinic, as Head of Psychiatry at the children’s hospital there and Director of the Family Therapy Training Center. He also taught as a Professor of Child Psychiatry and Paediatrics and the University of Pennsylvania’s Medical School. Minuchin is also the author of several books. He has received numerous distinctions, including the ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) award and the Millennium Award from Hincks-Dellcrest Institute (Canada) in 2000, amongst others.

   
   
   

Dr. Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría

17. Dr. Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría

Awarded: January, 15th 2004
Proposed by: La Salle Engineering and Architecture-URL
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Born in San José, Costa Rica, in 1942, Dr. Rodríguez Echeverría completed the international novitiate in Bordighera (Italy) and then Religious Studies at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain). He served as Professor and Director of the Instituto Indígena Santiago and the Escolasticado y Noviciado in Guatemala, as Vice President of RELAL (Lasallian Region of Latin America), as Assistant Director for Central America in the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Vice President of CLAR (Latin American Confederation of Religious); General Vicar, President, and Superior General of the Brothers of Christian Schools and as a member of the Synod of Bishops. He holds a PhD honoris causa from La Salle University of Philadelphia, Universidad La Salle de Costa Rica, and in Pedagogy from Manhattan College (New York).

   
   
   

Honourable Sr. Jordi Pujol i Soley

18. Honourable Sr. Jordi Pujol i Soley

Awarded: February, 6th 2004
Proposed by: ESADE Business School-URL
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He was born in Barcelona in 1930 and holds an undergraduate degree in Medicine from Universitat de Barcelona. This politician and leader of the Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) party from 1974 to 2003 served as President of the Government of Catalonia from 1980 to 2003. As President, he gave special importance to Catalonia’s international projection and competitiveness both in economic terms as well as in the cultural and political spheres. He also strove to reinforce an entrepreneurial mentality in Catalonia and the creation of a favourable social climate. He prioritised education, in general, but gave special emphasis to professional and university training. He also dedicated a lot of work to the issue of immigration and the existence of a single community in Catalonia. His political priorities included healthcare, education, housing and caring for senior citizens and people with disabilities. He has been distinguished with numerous diplomas, medals, distinctions and titles.

   
   
   

Dr. Ryszard Kapuscinski

19. Dr. Ryszard Kapuscinski (†)

Awarded: June, 17th 2005
Proposed by: Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations-URL
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Dr. Kapuscinski was born in Belarus in 1932 y died in Varsovia in 2007. He is considered to have been one of the best reporters in the world and the model of an independent journalist. He served as foreign correspondent for the Polish Press news agency in Africa, Asia and Latin America and collaborated with Time, The New York Times and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He served as member of numerous editorial councils, while combining his journalistic work with literary activities. He published nearly twenty books, some of which were translated into more than thirty languages. In addition to being named PhD honoris causa by the University of Silesia in 1997, other distinctions include awards for his literary creations, including the Alfred Jurzykowski, Hansischer Goethe and Imegna awards as well as the Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities.

   
   
   

Dr. Valentí Fuster

20. Dr. Valentí Fuster

Awarded: December, 16th 2005
Proposed by: IQS-URL
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Dr. Valentí Fuster (Barcelona, 1943) is one of the most prestigious cardiologists in the world today.  He has lived and worked in the United States for more than twenty years, currently in charge of the Cardiology Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York as well as presiding over the World Heart Federation. He has published more than four-hundred articles on cardiovascular ailments.

   
   
   

Dr. Giovanni Reale

21. Dr. Giovanni Reale (†)

Awarded: February, 24th 2006
Proposed by: Faculty of Philosophy-URL
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He was born in Pavia in 1931 and began studying at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He would later further his studies at the Università degli Studi di Parma, where he eventually became Professor of the History of Philosophy. He also served as Professor at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, and founded and Directed the Centro di Recerche di Metafisica, a space for research and education on Platonism. Included amongst his work are titles such as: The History of Philosophic and Scientific Thought, Introduction to Aristotle, Ancient Wisdom, For a New Interpretation of Plato, Guide to Aristotle’s “Metaphysics”, Plato’s Search for Secret Wisdom and The Cultural and Spiritual Roots of Europe.

   
   
   

Dr. Ricard Fornesa i Ribó

22. Dr. Ricard Fornesa i Ribó ()

Awarded: March, 2nd 2007
Proposed by: ESADE Business School-URL
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Dr. Fornesa i Ribó was born in 1931 and dying in Barcelona in 2014. He was an attorney and a business manager. In 1948 he earned his degree in Law at the Universitat de Barcelona and in Business Administration from the Escola Superior de Comerç de Barcelona. He served as Public Prosecutor from 1957 to 1975. In 1977 he was named the Secretary General and Senior Legal Representative of la Caixa d'Estalvis i Mont de Pietat de Barcelona (“la Caixa” bank) and, in 1979 was elected Executive President of Societat General d'Aigües de Barcelona, a post he held until 2006. In 1990 he was also named Executive Deputy General Director of  “la Caixa” and President in 2003, a post he abandoned in 2008 to assume the Presidency of Criteria Caixa Corp. Between 2003 and 2005 he was also President of the real estate firm, Immobiliària Colonial. He was also President of “la Caixa” Foundation and the Catalan Federation of Savings Banks until June 2007. He was President of the URL Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004, member of the Board from 2001 to 2013 and member of the URL Committee of Honour from 2013. He was also a Member of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences and the Círculo de Economía association. He has received numerous distinctions, including the Gold Medal from the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the Gold Medal from the Ordre National du Mérite (France) and the Saint George’s Cross (Government of Catalonia). He was also a Member of the Board of Trustees of various cultural organisations, including Fundación Carolina, Fundació MACBA and Fundación Albéniz.

   
   
   

Dr. Antonio Garrigues Walker

23. Dr. Antonio Garrigues Walker

Awarded: March, 2nd 2007
Proposed by: ESADE Faculty of Law-URL
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Was born in Madrid in 1934. Garrigues Walker is President of the Garrigues, Abogados y Asesores Tributarios law firm, the José Ortega y Gasset Foundation and several other organisations. He is the Honorary President in Spain for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He was the first PhD honoris causa for the Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales in Buenos Aires (Argentina), and a PhD honoris causa for Universidad Europea de Madrid. He is a member of the founding committee for Transparency International (TI) in Madrid and the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA). He is a part of the Spanish group within the Trilateral Commission and co-author of the book, International Migration Challenges in a New Era, written with Doris M. Meissner, Robert D. Hormats and Shijuro Ogata.

   
   
   

Dr. James G. March

24. Dr. James G. March

Awarded: September, 19th 2007
Proposed by: ESADE Business School-URL
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Dr. March is an expert in Business Administration and renowned for his research on organisations and decision-making processes within these firms. His thought combines theories from psychology and human resource management. He has participated in numerous studies on organisational theory and is also known for his initial focus on organisational behaviour. In more recent work, he has centred on governance within firms. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and a Member of the US National Academy of Science. He has received other PhD honoris causa from numerous European and North American universities.

   
   
   
Dr. Henry Mintzberg

25. Dr. Henry Mintzberg

Awarded: June, 25th 2008
Proposed by: ESADE Business School-URL
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Born in Montreal in 1939, Dr. Mintzberg is an internationally renowned scholar and author of numerous publications dedicated to business and management. He is currently Professor of Management at McGill University in Canada where he has taught since 1968 after obtaining his PhD from the Sloan School of Management at  MIT. Dr. Mintzberg writes profusely on business management and strategy subjects, with more than one hundred and forty articles and thirteen books. He has been awarded the McKinsey Prize on two occasions for publishing the best article in the Harvard Business Review. He has also received the Order of Canada and the National Order of Quebec.

   
   
   

Dr. Federico Correa

26. Dr. Federico Correa

Awarded: October, 30th 2008
Proposed by: La Salle Architecture -URL
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This renowned Catalan architect and designer was born in Barcelona in 1924 and has worked as a team with Alfons Milà i Sagnier. He studied Architecture at Universitat de Barcelona’s School of Architecture where he later taught classes as Professor and at the Eina School. His work reflects great formal perfection and has significantly influenced younger architects. At the beginning of his career, he dedicated himself primarily to decoration and single-family homes. With time, however, he began to work on large office buildings while continuing to work on important interior design projects. He was named President of the ADI-FAD industrial design association, obtained the Saint George’s Cross from the Government of Catalonia, and was named Member of the Catalan Cultural Patrimony Commission.

   
   
   

Dr. Sílvia E. Braslavsky

27. Dr. Sílvia E. Braslavsky

Awarded: December, 12th 2008
Proposed by: IQS-URL
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Dr. Braslavsky was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1942, where she trained in and earned her PhD in Chemistry. She later joined the Max Planck Institut für Strahlenchemie where she carried out her entire professional career until retiring. She dedicated her work to photobiology, an area of knowledge between Biology and Physics. She earned her reputation thanks to the development of photothermic methods to study biochemical reactions when induced by light, primarily laser-induced optoacoustic spectroscopy. She has published a total of 201 research and review articles, as well as eleven book chapters and thirty-three other publications. The primary goal of her work has been to train human capital as the best means to contribute to the scientific progress of the countries with which she has maintained a special relation, in particular Spain and others in Latin America.

   
   
   

Dr. Octavi Fullat

28. Dr. Octavi Fullat

Awarded: October, 8th 2010
Proposed by: Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education Sciences and Sport-URL
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Octavi Fullat i Genís was born in Alforja (Tarragona) in 1928. He studied Philosophy and Humanities at Universitat de Barcelona, earning a PhD in Philosophy with a thesis on Albert Camus’ atheist morality. He was named President of the School Council of Catalonia and represented Catalonia at the Fondation des Régions Européennes pour la Recherche en Education et Formation (FREREF). He was also named to preside over the Evaluation Advisory Council for Educational Reform by the Government of Catalonia’s Education Department. His publications have been translated into French, Portuguese and German. He is also a Founding Member of the Société Francophone de Philosophie de l’Éducation’s Scientific Council.

   
   
   
Dr. Antonio Damasio

29. Dr. Antonio Damasio

Awarded: October, 8th 2010
Proposed by: Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education Sciences and Sport-URL
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Born in Lisboa in 1944. Dr. Damasio is a Neurologist and Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychology and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) where he leads the Brain and Creativity Institute. Previously, he served as Head of Neurology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was also awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Science and Technology, amongst other honours and scientific distinctions. He is a Member of the University of Iowa Medical School and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a PhD honoris causa from Copenhagen Business School and the University of Leiden. He is an international reference in the Neuroscience field, and his work has had a great influence on our current understanding of the underlying neural networks affecting memory, language and consciousness. His books have become true bestsellers around the world.

   
   
   
Dr. Antoni Brufau

30. Dr. Antoni Brufau

Awarded: November, 27th 2011
Proposed by: IQS School of Management-URL
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Born in Mollerussa (Lleida, Catalonia) in 1948, Dr. Brufau holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Universitat de Barcelona. He served as Managing Partner at Arthur Andersen until joining “la Caixa” bank in 1988 as Adjunct Director General, though he would go on to become Director General for the “la Caixa” Group from 1999-2004. In 1997 he was also named President of Grup Gas Natural and was a Member of the Board at Repsol YPF (1996-2004). Currently, he serves as Executive President of Repsol YPF, Vice President of Gas Natural Fenosa and President of the inter-institutional consortium, GLOBALleida. He has also participated in numerous Management Boards, including for Enagas, Albertis, Aigües de Barcelona, Colonial, CaixaHolding and CaixaBank France. He has been the only Spanish member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Executive Committee. He was named President of the Barcelona Círculo de Economía association (2002-2005), and was a Member of the Suez Audit Committee’s Management Board until the end of 2005. He was also President of the Club Espyearl de la Energía (ENERCLUB) from 2008 to 2010.

   
   
   
Dr. Nelsa Curbelo

31. Dr. Nelsa Curbelo

Awarded: February, 10th 2012
Proposed by: Pere Tarrés Faculty of Social Education and Social Work-URL
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Nelsa Curbelo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay (September 1st, 1941) where she studied education at the Instituto María Stagnero de Munar de Montevideo. She would later study Theology at the Université de Tolouse de Montpellier (France). She also holds a degree in Mediation from Universidad Santa Maria Guayaquil and a Master’s in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). She has taught numerous seminars on pedagogy, leadership, communications, human rights, non-violence, conflict resolution, mediation and negotiations. She has presided the NGO, SER PAZ, since 1999, an organisation dedicated to social reinsertion programmes in the Paz neighbourhood in Guayaquil (Ecuador), one of the most conflictive and dangerous areas of the city spanning 49 blocks and ruled over by five different gangs. This expert in human rights, non-violence and conflict resolution is also a columnist for the El universo newspaper, a Professor at the Universidad Campus Santa María de Guayaquil, an online Professor for the Universidad Salesiana Quito Ecuador and a consultant for the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Master’s Programme in Conflict Resolution. She has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles on human rights, non-violence and conflict resolution.

   
   
   
Dr. Charles L. Cooney

32. Dr. Charles L. Cooney

Awarded: July, 2nd 2012
Proposed by: IQS School of Engineering-URL
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Charles L. Cooney is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and, since 2002, Faculty Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation (MIT), a foundation which administers a 20-million-dollar endowment fund to promote entrepreneurship within the research carried out at MIT. He joined MIT in 1970 as Professor, becoming a Full Professor in 1982. He headed the Chemical Engineering Department from 1995 to 2001. He is also one of the Directors of the companies, Genzyme, Cuno and BioCon India. Amongst the many distinctions he has received are the Gold Medal from the Institute of Biotechnological Studies in London, the Food Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the James Van Lanen Distinguished Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Microbial and Biochemical Technology, amongst others. He holds more than 30 patents, has published more than 300 articles and is the co-author of numerous books. His teaching focuses on the Biochemical Engineering field. As Faculty Director of MIT’s Deshpande Center, he has been responsible for the creation of centres like MIT in Singapore and in Russia, with an investment totalling approximately 1.5 billion dollars.

   
   
   
Dr. Luis Rojas Marcos

33. Dr. Luis Rojas Marcos

Awarded: April, 24th 2013
Proposed by: Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences-URL
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Born in Sevilla in 1943. In 1968 he earned his degree in Medicine at the Universidad de Sevilla and emigrated to New York. He holds a PhD in Medicine and Surgery from Universidad de Bilbao (1975) and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the State University of New York (1977). From 1969 to 1972 he specialized in Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital and at New York University. In 1995 he was elected CEO of Public Hospitals and Health Systems of New York, in 2005 appointed to the Board of Medicine of the State and, in March 2008, member of the Council for Education in Palliative Care. In Spain, he was member of the Board of Trustees at “la Caixa” (2000-2010) and at present for ADANA Foundation (Helping Children, adolescents and adults with attention deficit disorder). In 2010 the Spanish government awarded him with the Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters of Spain. He has published numerous opinion articles and books. He is currently professor of Psychiatry at New York University, where he lives and is engaged in Medicine, Psychiatry and Public Health.

   
   
   
   
Dr. Hans Siggaard Jensen

34. Dr. Hans Siggaard Jensen

Awarded: November, 21th 2013
Proposed by: ESADE Business School-URL
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Biographical profile in Catalan or Spanish.

   
   
   
   
Dr. Victòria Molins Gomila

35. Dr. Victòria Molins Gomila

Awarded: February, 6th 2015
Proposed by: Pere Tarrés Faculty of Social Education and Social Work-URL
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Biographical profile in Catalan or Spanish.

   
   
   
   
Dr. Francesc Vendrell i Vendrell

36. Dr. Francesc Vendrell i Vendrell

Awarded: June, 12th 2015
Proposed by: Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations-URL
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Biographical profile in Catalan or Spanish.

   
   
   
   
Dr. Paul V. Mockapetris

37. Dr. Paul V. Mockapetris

Awarded: November, 17th 2015
Proposed by: La Salle School of Electronics and Computer Engineering-URL
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Biographical profile in Catalan or Spanish.

   
   
   
   
Dr. Howard Gardner

38. Dr. Howard Gardner

Awarded: April, 8th 2016
Proposed by: Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education Sciences and Sport-URL
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Biographical profile in Catalan or Spanish.

   
   
   
   
Dr. Vinton Gray Cerf

39. Dr. Vinton Gray Cerf

Awarded: June, 21th 2016
Proposed by: La Salle School of Electronics and Computer Engineering-URL
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Dr. Joan Massagué i Solé

40. Dr. Joan Massagué i Solé

Awarded: April, 24th 2017
Proposed by: Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences-URL
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Biographical profile in Catalan or Spanish.

   
   
   
   
Dr. Richard Boyatzis

41. Dr. Richard Boyatzis

Awarded: November, 10th 2017
Proposed by: ESADE Business School-URL
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Biographical profile in Catalan or Spanish.

 

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