Pilar Torres Luna

Category: Teacher and writer
Birth Date: 28th October 1937
Birth Place: Bayarque (Almería)

In 1961, she took a degree in Philosophy and Arts at Zaragoza University and a doctor's degree in Geography at Navarra University in 1967. In 1968, she started to teach Geography as a temporary assistant Professor at Santiago University but some years later she was successful in a public competition and became a Professor of Santiago University. From 1975 to 1976, she directed the Library of the Faculty of Geography and History and filled the office of Secretary of the same Faculty from 1976 to 1980. From 1981 to 1986, she directed the Department of Geography at Santiago University. In 1988, she was the president of the International Symposium 'Otero Pedrayo and the Galician Geography'. She also took part as rapporteur in the 'Fifth National Colloquium about Agrarian Geography' (1989) and the 'First International Congress of Galician Culture' (1990). In 1993, she was the president of the International Conference 'Santiago's Roads and the territory", organised by the Xunta de Galicia. In 1999, she also collaborated as rapporteur in the Conference 'International Geographical Union' in Santa Fe (Argentina).

 Work & Activities

Between the years 1971 and 1995, twenty-four of her books were published and some of them even reissued. She also wrote over 200 articles in national and international magazines. She attended many conferences about her special field in Jaca (1966), Andorra (1971), Montreal (1972), Moscow (1976), Tokyo (1980), Coimbra (1986), Zaragoza (1987), Madrid (1989), Rennes (1991), Clermont - Ferrand (1991 and 1998), Oporto (1992), Caen (1992), Alicante (1990-1997), Bordeaux (1992), Poitiers (1999), Argentina (1999) and Timisoara - Rumania (2000). These are some of her research works: Geografía regional del mundo, Geografía de Galicia, Geografía social y de las religiones, Geografía de los asentimientos humanos.

 Other Interesting Aspects

In 1961, she got an extraordinary prize for her degree and another one for her doctor's degree in 1967. In 1981, she also got a research prize, awarded by the County Council of Pontevedra. She is a life member of the Spanish Geographical Society and secretary of the professorship 'Cardinal Quiroga Palacio' at the Theological Institute in Compostela.