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Actors

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Victoria Abril (b. 1959)
Elena Anaya (b. 1975)
Antonio Banderas (b. 1960)
Javier Bardem (b. 1969)
Pilar Bardem (b. 1939)
Ana Belén (b. 1951)
Juan Diego Botto (b. 1975)
Celso Bugallo (b. 1947)
Mark Consuelos (b. 1970)
Penélope Cruz (b. 1974)
Gabino Diego (b. 1966)
Angelines Fernández (1922–1994)
Fernando Fernán Gómez (b. 1921)
Sancho Gracia (b. 1936)
Alfredo Landa (b. 1933)
Sergi López (b. 1965)
Jordi Mollà (b. 1968)
Sara Montiel (b. 1928)
Paul Naschy (b. 1934)
Marisa Paredes (b. 1946)
Francisco Rabal (1926–2001)
Fernando Rey (1917–1994)
Fernando Sancho (1916–1990)
Paz Vega (b. 1976)
Artists

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Salvador Dalí (1904–1989), surrealist artist.
Francisco de Goya (1746–1828), painter and engraver.
El Greco (1541–1614), painter and sculptor.
Juan Gris (1887–1927), cubist painter.
Jesús Mari Lazkano (b. 1960), painter.
Joan Miró (1893–1983), painter, sculptor and ceramist.
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618–1682), painter.
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), painter and sculptor, co-founder of cubism.
Antoni Tàpies (1923), abstract expressionist painter.
Darío Urzay (b. 1958), painter, graphic artist.
Diego Velázquez (1599–1660), painter.
Ignacio Zuloaga (1870–1945), painter.
Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1644), painter.
Architects

See also: .
Ricardo Bofill (b. 1939), one of the main representatives of postmodernism in architecture.
Santiago Calatrava (b. 1951), 2005 AIA Gold Medal Laureate.
Ildefons Cerdà (1815–1876), urban planner who designed the 19th-century extension of Barcelona (Eixample).
Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1850–1923), brilliant contemporary of better known fellow citizen Gaudí.
Miguel Fisac (b. 1913)
Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), known for his unfinished masterwork La Sagrada Familia.
Juan de Herrera (1530–1593), helped to plan El Escorial; his style influenced Spanish architecture for centuries.
Enric Miralles (1955–2000), built the Scottish Parliament (finished in 2004, after his death).
Rafael Moneo (b. 1937), 1996 Pritzker Prize Laureate.
Josep Lluís Sert (1902–1983), member of the GATCPAC group, exiled, Professor at Harvard University.
Eduardo Torroja (1899–1961)
Explorers and conquistadores

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Lope de Aguirre (1511–1561), soldier and adventurer, explored the Amazon River looking for El Dorado.
Diego de Almagro (1475–1538), explorer and conquistador, first European in Chile.
Juan Bautista de Anza (1736–1788), soldier and explorer, founded San Francisco, California.
Fray Tomás de Berlanga (1487–1551), bishop of Panama, discovered the Galápagos Islands.
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (c.1490–c.1559), first European to explore the southwestern of what is now the United States (1527–1536), also explored South America (1540–1542).
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo (1499–1543), explorer, founded the city of San Diego, California.
Gabriel de Castilla (1577–1620), sailor; in 1603 he became probably the first man ever to sight Antarctica.
Cosme Damián Churruca (1761–1805), explorer, astronomer and naval officer, mapped the Strait of Magellan (1788–1789).
Francisco Vásquez de Coronado (c.1510–1554), explored New Mexico and other parts of the southwest of what is now the United States (1540–1542).
Hernán Cortés (1485–1547), conquistador of old Mexico, explorer of Baja California Peninsula.
Juan Sebastián Elcano (1476–1526), explorer and sailor, first man to circumnavigate the world.
Gaspar de Espinosa (1467/77?–1537), soldier and explorer, first European to reach the coast of Nicaragua, co-founder of Panama City.
Salvador Fidalgo (1756–1803), naval officer and cartographer, explored Alaska in 1790, he named Cordova, Port Gravina, and Valdez.
Miguel López de Legazpi (1502–1572), explored and conquered the Philippine Islands in 1565.
Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475–1519), first European to sight the Pacific Ocean, founder of Darién.
Francisco de Orellana (c.1500–c.1549), first European to explore the Amazon River.
Pedrarias Dávila (Pedro Arias de Ávila, 1440–1531), conquistador, founder of Panama and governor of Nicaragua.
Francisco Pizarro (1471–1541), conqueror of the Inca Empire in Peru.
Juan Ponce de León (1460–1521), first European to explore Florida (1513); he founded the first settlement in Puerto Rico (1508).
Gaspar de Portolà (~1717–aft.1784), explorer, founder of Monterey (California).
Hernando de Soto (1500–1542), explorer and conquistador, first European to explore the plains of eastern North America; discovered the Mississippi river and the Ohio river.
Pedro de Valdivia (c.1500–1554), conquistador of Chile, founder of Santiago, Concepción, and Valdivia.
Film directors

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Pedro Almodóvar (b. 1949)
Alejandro Amenábar (b. 1972)
Montxo Armendáriz (b. 1949)
Carlos Atanes (b. 1971)
Juanma Bajo Ulloa (b. 1967)
Jaume Balagueró (b. 1968)
Juan Antonio Bardem (1922–2002)
Icíar Bollaín (b. 1967)
José Luis Borau (b. 1929)
Luis Buñuel (1900–1983)
Mario Camus (b. 1935)
Isabel Coixet (b. 1962)
Agustín Díaz Yanes (b. 1950)
Víctor Erice (b. 1940)
Fernando Fernán Gómez (b. 1921)
Jesús Franco (b. 1930)
José Luis Garci (b. 1944)
Luis García Berlanga (b. 1921)
Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (b. 1942)
Álex de la Iglesia (b. 1965)
Fernando León de Aranoa (b. 1968)
Bigas Luna (b. 1946)
Julio Medem (b. 1958)
Fernando Méndez Leite (b. 1944)
Pilar Miró (1940–1997)
Paul Naschy (b. 1934)
Ventura Pons (b. 1945)
José Luis Sáenz de Heredia (1911–1992)
Carlos Saura (b. 1932)
Santiago Segura (b. 1965)
David Trueba (b. 1969)
Fernando Trueba (b. 1955)
Benito Zambrano (b. 1964)
Iván Zulueta (b. 1943)
Leaders and politicians

See also: List of Spanish monarchs, List of Spanish Prime Ministers and .
Ancient

Hadrian (76–138), Roman Emperor (117–138).
Pontius Pilate (probably born in Tarraco – died after 36), Roman Governor of the Iudaea Province (26–36).
Theodosius I (347–395), last ruler (392–395) of a united Roman Empire; made Christianity its official state religion.
Trajan (53–117), Roman Emperor (98–117), under his rule the Empire reached its greatest territorial extent.
Medieval

Abd-ar-Rahman III (891–961), Emir (912–929) and Caliph of Cordoba (929–961).
Alfonso X of Castile (1221–1284).
James I of Aragon (1208–1276).
Modern

Charles III (1716–1788), King of Spain (1759–1788).
Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros (1436–1517), cardinal, statesman, and regent of Spain.
Ferdinand II, the Catholic (1452–1516), King of Aragon (1479–1516), Castile and Leon (1474–1504, with Isabella), Sicily (1479–1516), Naples (1504–1516) and Valencia (1479–1516).
Isabella of Castile, the Catholic (1451–1504), Queen of Castile and Leon (1474–1504, with Ferdinand).
Juana of Castile frequently called "the Mad", queen of Castile and Leon. Daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand.
Philip II (1526–1598), King of Spain (1556–1598).
Contemporary

Antonio Cánovas del Castillo (1828–1897), Prime Minister.
Leopoldo O'Donnell, Duke of Tetuan (1809–1867), general and Prime Minister (1856; 1858–1863; 1864–1866).
Juan Prim (1814–1870), general, liberal leader, revolutionary and statesman.
20th and 21st centuries:
Manuel Azaña (1880–1940), Premier (twice) and President during the Second Spanish Republic.
José María Aznar (b. 1953), Prime Minister (1996–2004).
Josep Borrell (b. 1947), President of the European Parliament since 20 July 2004.
Buenaventura Durruti (1896–1936), anarchist leader.
Francisco Franco (1892–1975), Army general and dictator, ruled Spain for 41 years as "Caudillo" (1939–1975).
Felipe González (b. 1942), Prime Minister (1982–1996).
Juan Carlos I (b. 1938), King of Spain since 1975.
Rodrigo Rato (b. 1949), Managing Director of the IMF since 4 May 2004.
Adolfo Suárez (b. 1932), Prime Minister (1976–1981).
Javier Solana (b. 1942), Secretary General of NATO (1995–1999) and High Representative (since 1999) of the CFSP of the Council of the European Union.
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (b. 1960), Prime Minister since 2004.
Literature

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A–D

Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (1833–1891), novelist.
Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (1581?–1639), dramatist.
Rafael Alberti (1902–1999), poet, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1983).
Mateo Alemán (1547–c.1609), novelist.
Vicente Aleixandre (1888–1984), poet, Nobel Prize Laureate (1977).
Dámaso Alonso, poet, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1978).
Francisco Ayala (b. 1906), novelist, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1991).
Azorín (José Martínez Ruiz) (1863–1967), journalist, poet, novelist and essayist.
Pío Baroja (1872–1956), novelist.
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836–1870), romantic poet and tale writer.
Jacinto Benavente (1866–1954), dramatist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1922).
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1867–1928), novelist, wrote The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1916).
Antonio Buero Vallejo (1916–2000), playwright.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600–1681), playwright and poet.
Rosalía de Castro (1837–1885), poet.
Camilo José Cela (1916–2002), novelist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1989).
Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616), author and soldier, writer of Don Quixote.
Mercedes Deambrosis (b. 1955), novelist.
Miguel Delibes (b. 1920), novelist, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1993).
Agustín Díaz Pacheco (b. 1953), journalist and novelist.
Gerardo Diego (1896–1987), poet, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1979).
E–H

José Echegaray (1832–1916), dramatist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1904).
Vicente Espinel (1550–1624), poet and novelist.
Leandro Fernández de Moratín (1760–1828), dramatist and neoclassical poet.
José María Gabriel y Galán (1870–1905), poet.
Antonio Gala (b. 1936), poet, dramatist and novelist.
Benito Pérez Galdós (1843–1920), novelist.
Federico García Lorca (1898–1936), poet and dramatist.
Luis de Góngora (1561–1627), lyric poet.
Jorge Guillén (1893–1984), poet, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1976).
I–L

Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881–1958), poet, Nobel Prize Laureate (1956).
John of the Cross (1542–1591), mystic poet.
Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (1744–1811), poet and essayist.
Jon Juaristi (b. 1951), poet and essayist.
Mariano José de Larra (1809–1837), literary journalist.
Fray Luis de León (1527–1591), poet of the Spanish Golden Age.
Torcuato Luca de Tena (1923–1999), novelist, journalist and lawyer.
M–P

Antonio Machado (1875–1939), poet.
Salvador de Madariaga (1886–1978), essayist.
Jorge Manrique (1440–1479), poet.
Javier Marías (b. 1951), novelist and translator.
Juan Marsé (b. 1933), novelist.
Joanot Martorell (1413–1468), author of the first modern novel, Tirant lo Blanc (1490).
Eduardo Mendoza (b. 1943), writer.
Agustín Moreto y Cavana (1618–1661), dramatist and playwright.
José Ortega y Gasset (1883–1955), essayist.
Emilia Pardo Bazán (1851–1921), novelist.
Arturo Pérez-Reverte (b. 1951), best-selling novelist and journalist.
Q–T

Francisco de Quevedo (1580–1645), novelist, essayist and poet, master of Conceptism.
Fernando de Rojas (1465–1541), novelist, author of La Celestina (1499).
Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla (1607–1660), dramatist.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón (b. 1964), best-selling novelist.
Pedro Salinas, (1891–1951), poet.
Ramón J. Sender (1901–1982), novelist and journalist.
Tirso de Molina (1571–1648), playwright.
Andrés Trapiello (b. 1953), novelist, poet, Essay' author.
U–Z

Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1931), existentialist author and essayist.
Ramón María del Valle-Inclán (1866–1936), dramatist, novelist and member of the Generation of 98.
Garcilaso de la Vega (1501–1586), Renaissance poet.
"El Inca" Garcilaso de la Vega (1539–1616), first mestizo author in Spanish language.
Félix Lope de Vega (1562–1635), poet and playwright.
Cristóbal Zaragoza (1923–1999), novelist and philosopher.
María de Zayas y Sotomayor (1590–1660), novelist.
José Zorrilla y Moral (1817–1893), poet and dramatist, author of Don Juan Tenorio (1844).
Military

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3rd Duke of Alba (Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 1507–1582), general and governor of the Spanish Netherlands (1567–1573).
Don Juan de Austria (1547–1578), general and admiral; he defeated Ali Pacha in the Battle of Lepanto (1571).
Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz (1526–1588), admiral.
Francisco Javier Castaños, 1st Duke of Bailén (1758–1852), general; he defeated Dupont in the Battle of Bailén (1808).
El Cid (Rodrigo 'Ruy' Díaz de Vivar, c.1045–1099), knight and hero.
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, "El Gran Capitán" (1453–1515), general and strategist of Early modern warfare.
Bernardo de Gálvez (1746–1786), Field Marshal and governor of Louisiana, Spanish hero of the American Revolution.
Juan Martín Díez, "El Empecinado" (1775–1825), head of guerrilla bands promoted to Brigadier-General of cavalry during the Peninsular War.
Casto Méndez Núñez (1830–1880), admiral.
Pedro Navarro, Count of Oliveto (c.1460–1528), prominent military engineer and general.
Ambrosio Spinola, marqués de los Balbases (1569–1630), general.
Musicians

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Xavier Cugat (1900–1990), bandleader.
Alberto Iglesias (b. 1955), film music composer.
Paco de Lucía (b. 1947), guitarist.
Carlos Núñez (b. 1971), bagpipes and Galician (Celtic) music performer.
Jordi Savall (b. 1941), film music composer.
Classical

Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909), composer.
Pau Casals (1876–1973), cello player and conductor.
Manuel de Falla (1876–1946), composer.
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (b. 1933), conductor.
Enrique Granados (1867–1916), composer.
Enrique Jordá (1911–1996), conductor, music director of the San Francisco Symphony (1954–1963).
Alicia de Larrocha (b. 1923), pianist.
Luis de Pablo (b. 1930), composer.
Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–1999), composer and pianist, known for his Concierto de Aranjuez.
Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710), composer, dominate figure of Spanish baroque music.
Jordi Savall (b. 1941), early and baroque music conductor and viol player.
Andrés Segovia (1893–1987), classical guitarist.
Antonio Soler (1729–1783), composer, known for his harpsichord sonatas.
Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909), composer and classical guitarist.
Joaquín Turina (1882–1949), composer.
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611), the most famous composer of the 16th century (late Renaissance) in Spain.
Opera singers
Victoria de los Ángeles (born 1923), soprano.
Teresa Berganza (born 1935), mezzo-soprano.
Montserrat Caballé (born 1933), soprano.
Emma Calvé (1858–1942), soprano.
José Carreras (born 1946), one of The Three Tenors.
Plácido Domingo (born 1941), one of The Three Tenors.
Manuel del Popolo García (1775–1832), tenor.
María Gay (1879–1943), mezzo-soprano.
Alfredo Kraus (1927–1999), tenor.
Adelina Patti (1843–1919), coloratura soprano.
Conchita Supervía (1895–1936), mezzo-soprano.
Singers

Edward Aguilera (born 1976), first European member of Menudo.
Ana Belén (born 1951), she's married to Víctor Manuel
David Bisbal, (b. 1979) pop singer.
Miguel Bosé (born 1956), pop singer.
Nino Bravo (1944–1973)
Luz Casal (b. 1958), pop singer.
Charo (born 1941), singer.
Charytin (born 1950), singer.
Rocio Durcal (1945-2006), singer and actress.
Manolo García (b. 1955), singer-songwriter.
Enrique Iglesias (born 1975), pop singer.
Julio Iglesias (born 1943), pop singer.
Julio José Iglesias (born 1973), pop singer.
La Pandilla teen group, all members are from Spain.
Los del Río
Víctor Manuel (born 1947), he's married to Ana Belén
Ramón Melendi (born 1979), flamenco-influenced singer.
Raphael (born 1943), pop singer.
Enrique Urquijo (1960–1999), New Wave music singer.
Joaquín Sabina (b. 1949), singer-songwriter.
Alejandro Sanz (b. 1968), pop/ballad singer.
Joan Manuel Serrat (born 1943), Catalan singer-songwriter.
Philosophers and humanists

Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia (1240–probably 1292), philosopher, early kabbalist.
Alfonso X of Castile (1221–1284), El Sabio ("The Wise").
Averroes (Ibn Rushd) (1126–1198), philosopher, tried to reconcile Aristotle's system of thought with Islam (see Averroism).
Francisco de Enzinas (1518-1552), humanist and translator of the New Testament
Baltasar Gracián (1601–1658), author of El Criticón, influenced European philosophers such as Schopenhauer.
Yehuda Halevi (c.1070–c.1141), philosopher and religious poet, author of Kuzari.
Isidore of Seville (560–636), major scholar of the early Middle Ages, wrote Etymologiae, first encyclopedia known to be compiled in western civilization.
Bartolomé de Las Casas (1484–1566), humanist, advocate of the rights of Native Americans.
Ramón Llull (1235–1315), philosopher, writer and theologian; author of Ars magna (1305), a system of logic that influenced Leibniz.
Ignatius of Loyola (1491?–1556), theologian, founder of the Society of Jesus.
Salvador de Madariaga (1886–1978), humanist, co-founder of the College of Europe (1949).
Maimónides (1135–1204), the most influential figure in medieval Jewish philosophy.
Gregorio Marañón (1887–1960), humanist and medical scientist, important intellectual of the 20th century in Spain.
Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo (1856–1912), philologist, historian and erudite.
Julián Marías (1914–2005), philosopher. Wrote the History of Philosophy
Ramón Menéndez Pidal (1869–1968), philologist, historian and erudite member of Generation of '98.
Antonio de Nebrija (1441–1522), scholar, published the first grammar of the Spanish language (Gramática Castellana, 1492), which was the first grammar produced of any Romance language.
José Ortega y Gasset (1883–1955), philosopher, social and political thinker, author of The Revolt of the Masses (1930).
Bernardino de Sahagún (1499–1590), Franciscan missionary, researched Nahua culture and Nahuatl language and compiled an unparallelled work in Spanish and Náhuatl.
George Santayana (1863–1952), philosopher, taught at Harvard, author of The Sense of Beauty (1896) and The Life of Reason (1905–6).
Fernando Savater (born 1947), philosopher and essayist, known for his writings on ethics.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (ca. 4 BC–AD 65), one of the main stoic philosophers.
Francisco Suárez (1548–1617), one of the most influential scholastics after Thomas Aquinas.
Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936), existentialist writer and literary theoretician.
Juan Luis Vives (1492–1540), prominent figure of Renaissance humanism, taught at Leuven and Oxford (while tutor to Mary Tudor).
Xavier Zubiri (1889–1983), philosopher, critic of classical metaphysics.
Science and technology

See also categories: , and .
José de Acosta (1540–1600), pioneer of the geophysical sciences.
Algafequi, ophthalmologist, Spanish word gafas (glasses) was created after him.
José María Algué (1856–1930), meteorologist, inventor of the barocyclometer, the nephoscope, and the microseismograph.
Arzachel (1028–1087), mathematician and the foremost astronomer of his time; contributed to the famous Tables of Toledo.
Ángel Cabrera (1879–1960), naturalist, investigated the South-American fauna.
Nicolás Cabrera (1913–1989), physicist, did important work on the theories of crystal growth and the oxidisation of metals.
Juan de la Cierva (1895–1936), aeronautical engineer, pioneer of rotary flight, inventor of the autogyro.
Josep Comas i Solà (1868–1937), astronomer, discovered the periodic comet 32P/Comas Solá and 11 asteroids, and in 1907 observed limb darkening of Saturn's moon Titan (the first evidence that the body had an atmosphere).
Pedro Duque (b. 1963), astronaut and veteran of two space missions.
Fausto de Elhúyar (1755–1833), chemist, joint discoverer of tungsten with his brother Juan José de Elhúyar in 1783.
Jaime Ferrán (1852–1929), doctor and researcher, discovered several vaccines.
Francisco Hernández (1517–1587), botanicist, carried out important research about the Mexican flora
Manuel Jalón Corominas (b. 1925), inventor of the mop (1956) and a world-wide used "two-piece" disposable syringe (1978).
Carlos Jiménez Díaz (1898–1967), doctor and researcher, leading figure in pathology
Gregorio Marañón (1887–1960), doctor and researcher, leading figure in endocrinology
Narcís Monturiol (1818–1885), physicist and inventor, pioneer of underwater navigation and first machine powered submarine.
José Celestino Bruno Mutis (1732–1808), botanicist, doctor, philosopher and mathematician, carried out relevant research about the American flora, founded one of the first astronomic observatories in America (1762).
Severo Ochoa (1905–1993), doctor and biochemist, achieved the synthesis of ribonucleic acid (RNA), Nobel prize Laureate (1959).
Mateu Orfila (1787–1853), doctor and chemist, father of modern toxicology, leading figure in forensic toxicology.
Joan Oró (1923–2004), biochemist, carried out important research about the origin of life, he worked with NASA on the Viking missions.
Julio Palacios Martínez (1891–1970), physicist and mathematician
Isaac Peral (1851–1895), engineer and sailor, designer of the first fully operative military submarine.
Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), father of Neuroscience, Nobel prize Laureate (1906).
Julio Rey Pastor (1888–1962), mathematician, leading figure in geometry.
Andrés Manuel del Río (1764–1849), geologist and chemist, discovered vanadium (as vanadinite) in 1801.
Pío del Río Hortega (1882–1945), neuroscientist, discoverer of the microglia or Hortega cell.
Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente (1928–1980), naturalist, leading figure in ornithology, ethology, ecology and science divulgation
Margarita Salas (born 1938), biochemist, molecular genetist and researcher.
Miguel Servet (1511–1553), scientist, surgeon and humanist; first European to describe pulmonary circulation.
Esteban Terradas i Illa (1883–1950), mathematician, physicist and engineer.
Leonardo Torres y Quevedo (1852–1936), engineer and mathematician, pioneer of automated calculation machines, inventor of the automatic chess, pioneer of remote control, designer of the funicular over the Niagara Falls.
Josep Trueta (1897–1977), doctor, his new method for treatment of open wounds and fractures helped save a great number of lives during WW2.
Antonio de Ulloa (1716–1795), scientist, soldier and author; joint discoverer of element platinum with Jorge Juan y Santacilia (1713–1773).
Arnold of Villanova (1235?–1311), alchemist and physician, he discovered carbon monoxide and pure alcohol.
Social scientists

Manuel Castells (b. 1942), sociologist, author of the well-known trilogy The Information Age.
Salvador Giner (b. 1934), sociologist, he had researched on social theory, sociology of culture and modern industrial society.
Jesús Huerta de Soto (b. 1956), major Austrian School economist.
Juan José Linz (b. 1926), Sterling Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale; Prince of Asturias Award (1987) and Johan Skytte Prize (1996) Laureate.
Xavier Sala-i-Martín (b. 1963), economist, professor at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia.
Claudio Sánchez-Albornoz (1893–1984), historian, prominent specialist in medieval Spanish history.
Joseph de la Vega (1650–1692), businessman, wrote Confusion of Confusions (1688), first book on stock markets.
Sports

See also: .
Athletics
Fermín Cacho Ruiz (b. 1969), 1500 metres Gold (1992 Olympics) and Silver (1996 Olympics) medalist.
Basketball
José Calderón (b. 1981), Toronto Raptors guard.
Antonio Díaz-Miguel (1933–2000), coach, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.
Pau Gasol (b. 1980), Memphis Grizzlies player, 2001-02 NBA Rookie of the Year Award winner; 2006 FIBA W.C. MVP.
Raül López (b. 1980), former Utah Jazz player.
Fernando Martín (b. 1962-1989), Estudiantes, Real Madrid and Portland Trail Blazers player.
Felipe Reyes (b. 1980), Real Madrid player.
Sergio Rodríguez (b. 1986), player.
Fran Vázquez (b. 1983), player.
Boxing
Pedro Carrasco (1943–2001), 1967 European Lightweight Champion; 1971 WBC's World Lightweight Champion.
Javier Castillejo (b. 1968), six-time WBC's World Jr. Middleweight Champion.
Cycling
Federico Martín Bahamontes (b. 1928), 1959 Tour de France winner.
Pedro Delgado (b. 1960), 1988 Tour de France winner.
Óscar Freire (b. 1976), three-time World Cycling Champion (1999, 2001, 2004).
Roberto Heras (b. 1974), four-time Vuelta a España winner (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005).
Miguel Indurain (b. 1964), five consecutive times Tour de France winner (1991-1995).
Luis Ocaña (1945–1994), 1973 Tour de France winner.
Abraham Olano (b. 1970), 1995 World Cycling Champion and 1998 World Time-Trial Champion.
Joane Somarriba (b. 1972), three-time Grande Boucle winner (2000, 2001, 2003).
Football (Soccer)
Alfredo Di Stéfano (b. 1926), five consecutive times European Champion (with Real Madrid, 1956–1960; scored 49 goals).
Raúl González (b. 1977), first player to reach 50 goals in UEFA Champions League.
Francisco Gento (b. 1933), Real Madrid Player. Winner of six UEFA Champions League.
Golf
Severiano Ballesteros (b. 1957), winner of 5 Major Championships.
Sergio García (b. 1980), winner of 6 PGA Tour and 6 European Tour titles.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez (b. 1964), winner of 13 European Tour titles winner.
José María Olazábal (b. 1966), winner of 2 Major Championships.
Motor sports
Fernando Alonso (b. 1981), 2005 and 2006 Formula One World Champion.
Álvaro Bautista (b. 1984) motorcycle racing raider, 125cc champion of the World in 2006.
Carlos Checa (b. 1972), GP motorcycle racing rider.
Marc Coma (b. 1976), won the Dakar Rally in 2006.
Àlex Crivillé (b. 1970), 500cc GP motorcycle racing World Champion in 1999.
Sete Gibernau (b. 1972), GP motorcycle racing rider.
Jorge Martínez Aspar (b. 1962), GP motorcycle racing rider, four-time World Champion [80 cc (3) and 125 cc (1)].
Pedro Martínez de la Rosa (b. 1971), Formula One driver.
Ángel Nieto (b. 1947), GP motorcycle racing rider, 12+1 times World Champion.
Daniel Pedrosa (b. 1985), youngest GP motorcycle racing World Champion of 125cc and 250cc.
Carlos Sainz (b. 1962), 1990 and 1992 World Rally Champion.
Tennis
Sergi Bruguera (b. 1971), 1993 and 1994 French Open Men's Singles Champion.
Àlex Corretja (b. 1974), 1998 ATP Tour World Champion.
Albert Costa (b. 1975), 2002 French Open Men's Singles Champion.
Juan Carlos Ferrero (b. 1980), 2003 French Open Men's Singles Champion.
Andrés Gimeno (b. 1937), 1972 French Open Men's Singles Champion.
Feliciano López (b. 1981), 2 ATP Tour titles winner.
Conchita Martínez (b. 1972), 1994 Wimbledon Women's Singles Champion.
Carlos Moyà (b. 1976), 1998 French Open Men's Singles Champion.
Rafael Nadal (b. 1986), 2005 and 2006 French Open Men's Singles Champion.
Manuel Orantes (b. 1949), 1975 U.S. Open Men's Singles Champion.
Virginia Ruano (b. 1973), 8 Grand Slam Doubles titles winner.
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (b. 1971), 10 Grand Slam titles winner (4 singles, 6 doubles).
Emilio Sánchez-Vicario (b. 1965), 3 Grand Slam Doubles titles winner.
Manuel Santana (b. 1938), 5 Grand Slam titles winner (4 singles, 1 doubles).
Others

Ferran Adrià (b. 1962), chef.
Carlos D. Cidon (b. 1959), chef.
Joaquín Cortés (b. 1969), dancer.
Luis Miguel González Lucas (1926–1995), better known as Luis Miguel Dominguín, bullfighter, father of Miguel Bosé.
Juan March Ordinas (1880–1962), politician and businessman.
Federica Montseny (1905–1994), anarchist, politician and writer.
Aguas Santas Ocaña Navarro (b. 1963), first lady of Honduras.
Juan Pujol, alias Garbo (1912–1988), double-agent who played a key role in the success of D-Day towards the end of WW2.
Tamara Rojo (b. 1974), prima ballerina of the London's Royal Ballet (since 2000); Prince of Asturias Award of Arts Laureate (2005).
Diego Salcedo (1575–1644), first Spaniard killed by Puerto Rican Taínos.
Cristina Sánchez (b. 1972), bullfighter.
Juan Sánchez Vidal (b. 1958), renowned collector..
Pedro Subijana (b. 1948), cook.
Saint Teresa of Avila (1515–1582), Roman Catholic mystic and monastic reformer.
Tomás de Torquemada (1420–1498), Grand Inquisitor.

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