Numerary Member and Chairman of 3rd Section. Human Sciences
Human Sciences: Dr. in Theology and Philosophy
Date of admittance: 28/01/2016
Speech in reply: Dr. Francesc Torralba i Roselló
Born in Barcelona in 1941. Ordained to the priesthood in 1968, incardinated in Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. Took up political and economic sciences at the University of Barcelona and the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. Institutional studies of theology at the Collegio Romano della Santa Croce.
Doctor in Theology by the University of Navarre (1972) and Doctor in Philosophy by the Pontifical University of Salamanca (1997).
In 1979 he was appointed as Scientific Research Scholar of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Instituto Francisco Suárez, Madrid).
In 1987 he became Professor of History of Theology at the University of Navarre, and
In 2011 he was made Emeritus Professor of the University of Navarre.
Member “in carica” of the Pontificio Comitato di Scienze Storiche (Città del Vaticano) since 1999.
He has supervised 68 Doctoral (PhD) theses in the disciplines of Theology, Philosophy and History of the Church.
In 1992 he started the Anuario de Historia de la Iglesia (Annals of History of the Church), an open access academic journal published by the Institute of History of the Church of the University of Navarre and became its director until 2010. Since then he has remained as honorary director of the journal.
Full member of the Royal European Academy of Doctors (founded in Barcelona in 1914). Corresponding member of: Royal Academy of History (Madrid), Mexican Academy of History (México), Colombian Academy of Ecclesiastical History (Bogotá), Colombian Academy of History (Bogotá), National Academy of History (Lima), Puertorican Academy of History (San Juan of PR) and Balearic Institute of History (Palma de Mallorca).
Monthly columnist of La Vanguardia (Barcelona, 2001-2015).
His two main areas of research are, on the one hand, the history of Philosophy and Theology of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; and, on the other, history of Theology in Latin America.
He has authored 24 books, translated 5 (from English and Latin to Spanish) and acted as main editor of 13 collective scientific volumes. He has published a total of 307 research articles in scientific journals and books; 16 expert contributions for specialized dictionaries; and 42 prologues, introductions and presentations of books. He has written numerous bibliographic reviews for journals in Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium and sits in the Advisory Board of many scientific journals in Spain, Germany, Italy, Peru, Switzerland, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
Awards: Medalla de Plata de la Universidad de Navarra (1995). Medalla São Bento de Estudos Teológicos (Río de Janeiro, 2002).