Domingo García-Sabell

Category: Doctor, politician and writer
Birth Date: 8th October 1908 (†5th August 2003)
Birth Place: Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)

He studied Medicine at Santiago de Compostela University, where he got the extraordinary degree prize, and improved his studies in Switzerland and Germany. Shortly after, he took his doctor’s degree in Madrid. While he was at University, he took part in the Spanish University Federation, which played an important role during Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship and the Second Republic. In this federation he met important Galician intellectuals such as Fole, Maside, Dieste, Seoane, Bal y Gay, etc. Although he wanted to devote himself to university teaching, he could not see his dream come true because of the Civil War, so he practised Medicine in Santiago. In 1950, he founded Galaxia publishing house and became the president. As far as politics is concerned, he was nominated as senator in 1977 and representative of the Spanish government in Galicia in September 1981, filling this office until April 1996. García-Sabell was the president of the Galician Academy for twenty years and member of Penzol Foundation and Rosalía de Castro and Ramón Otero Pedrayo Patronages. Besides, he was a member of the Galician Academy of Medicine and Surgery, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Sciences, as well as Board Member of the International Association for Cultural Freedom, member of the Spanish Society of Digestive Pathology, etc.

 Work & Activities

These are some of his most important works: Ensayos I, Notas para una antropología del hombre gallego, A pintura como comunicación, Ensayos II, Estudio clínico de la desnutrición, As facianas do erotismo contemporáneo, his last book Paseata arredor da morte (1999), etc. Domingo García-Sabell also published many essays in the magazines ‘Grial’, ‘Revista de Occidente’ and ‘Ínsula’ and collaborated in the newspaper La Voz de Galicia for decades.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He was awarded many prizes and distinctions such as the Cross of the Military Merit and the life prize of Barrié de la Maza Foundation in 1996, the title ‘doctor honoris causa’ at A Coruña University in 1997 and ‘Fernández Latorre’ Journalism Prize and the Galician Arts Prize in 1998. He was also awarded the Cross of the Civil Merit and was a member of Rome Club and advisor of Barrié Foundation.