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Biochemistry educator

Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Spanish biochemistry educator. Recipient decorations various countries.


Zaragoza, Federico Mayor was born on January 27, 1934 in Barcelona, Spain. Son of Federico Mayor and Juana Zaragoza.


Bachelor in Pharmacy, University Madrid, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy, 1958. Doctorates (honorary).


Professor biochemistry, Faculty Pharmacy Granada (Spain) University, 1963-1973, rector, 1968-1972. Professor biochemistry, Faculty of Science Autonomous University, Madrid, 1973, director Molecular Biology Center, Higher Council for Science Research, 1974-1978. Under-secretary Ministry for Education and Science Government of Spain, 1974—1975.

Chairman advisory committee science and technical research Prime Min.' General’ s Office, Madrid, 1977-1978. Member Cortes for Granada, 1977-1978. Deputy director-general United Nations Educational, 1978-1981.

Minister for education and science Government of Spain, 1981-1982. Special adviser to director general United Nations Educational, 1983-1984. Spanish member European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, 1987.

Director general United Nations Educational, 1987-1999. Founder, chairman Foundation for a Culture of Peace, since 2000. Chairman European Research Council Expert Group, 2002—2003.

Visiting professor Oxford (England) University, 1966-1967.


Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Literature (founding), Royal Society Chemistry (United Kingdom), Royal Academy Fine Arts San Fernando (Spain), International Brain Research Organization, International Cell. Research Organization, World Academy Art and Science, Spanish Society Biochemistry (chairman 1970-1974), Spanish Royal Academy Pharmacy, Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine, French Academy Pharmacy (correspondent), Bio-chemical Society (United Kingdom), Argentinian Academy Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Academia Europea, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, American Academy Microbiology, Issyk-Kul Forum (founding), Club of Rome, Ateneo Veneto.


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Married Maria Angeles Menéndez, 1956. 3 children.

Federico Mayor

Juana Zaragoza

Maria Angeles Menéndez