Ricardo de la Cierva, historian and politician, Died at 89

Ricardo de la Cierva was born November 9, 1926 in Madrid, Spain, and died on November 19, 2015.

He was a historian and a Spanish politician.

Ricardo was a specialist in contemporary Spanish history.

Ricardo received several doctorates in chemistry, in philosophy and letters.

He held several positions: Cabinet member of the Study of History of the Spanish Ministry of Tourism and Information during the Franco regime, professor at the University of Madrid and the School of diplomats, President of the National Institute of Spanish book in 1973, CEO of popular culture (1974-1975), Parliamentary in the Cortes (1977-1980), Minister of Culture of King Juan Carlos during the democratic transition, from January to September 1980.

From 1977 to 1979, he was an MP to the Cortes for the constituency of Murcia at the time.

Ricardo served as the minister of culture from January to September 1980 in the government of Adolfo Suárez.

Cierva was the grand-son of Juan de la Cierva y Penafiel, minister of King Alfonso XIII.

Juan de la Cierva, was the inventor of the autogyro.

Juan father, he was killed during the massacre Paracuellos during the Spanish Civil War.

Ricardo de la Cierva passed away at 89 years old.