Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 18 Issue 04

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Volume 18, No. 4
Pages 128 - 135


Odón de Buen: Forerunner of Spanish Oceanography

Gregorio Parrilla-Barrera
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At the beginning of the 20th Century there was a splendid resurgence of Spanish art and science. From the pessimism of the end of Empire sprang a new class of intellectuals dedicated to bringing Spain to a modern era of science and knowledge. Don Odón de Buen epitomized them. More than a usual scientist, he was a teacher and visionary, who, almost single-handedly, brought oceanography to Spain and promoted it on a European and international scale. Unfortunately the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) severed that effort and condemned him to exile and oblivion. This article pays a deserved tribute to the status and achievements of this pioneer of oceanography in Spain.


G. Parrilla-Barrera. 2005. Odón de Buen: Forerunner of Spanish oceanography. Oceanography 18(4):128–135, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2005.14.

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