Garcia-Pelayo, Manuel

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Garcia-Pelayo, Manuel Gender: M
Manuel García-Pelayo Alonso
born on 23 May 1909 at 07:40 (= 07:40 AM )
Place Corrales del Vino, Spain, 41n28, 5w44
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Estadella
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 01°31' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 18°53 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 10°40'


Spanish political scientist and jurist. He was the founder of the modern Department of Political Science of the Central University of Venezuela and was elected President of the Constitutional Court of Spain in 1980.

He obtained a scholarship from the Junta de Ampliación de Estudios and studied at the University of Vienna in Austria. When on July 18, 1936 the Spanish Civil War started, he enlisted in the Spanish Republican Army even though his father and brother were fighting for the Nationalist side. He fought in several battles and became a Captain in the General Staff. When the civil war ended he was sent to concentration camps and put into prison until 1941. Once he was released, he married Mercedes Velásquez Fernández-Pimentel. In 1947, he was invited to teach at the Instituto de Estudios Políticos de Madrid by its director Francisco Javier Conde. In 1950, he became well known in the academic world with the publication of a work on comparative constitutional law (entitled Derecho Constitucional Comparado), which became a landmark in this area for the Spanish language and went through over 20 editions.

In 1951, he travelled to Argentina and began practicing as an attorney while teaching law at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 1954, taught political science at the University of Puerto Rico until 1958 when the Department of Government and Law of the Central University of Venezuela hired him to start a new Institute and Department of Political Science. He taught and published many books during these years until his retirement in 1979. In 1980, he returned to Spain, after an invitation from King Juan Carlos to become part in the recently created Constitutional Court of Spain. He was then elected President of the Court, position that he occupied until 1986. The following year García Pelayo returned to Caracas, where he died on 25 February 1991 after a long illness.

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Source Notes

Estadella quotes birth certificate in hand: "siete horas cuarenta minutos del día...". (7:40 AM)


  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Political Science
  • Vocation : Law : Jurist
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession