Death of Gonzalo Anes, Director of the Real Academia de la Historia
Gonzalo Anes Álvarez de Castrillón (Trelles, Coaña, Asturias, 10 December 1931 – Madrid, 31 March 2014) was a Spanish economist, university professor and historian. He was awarded a PhD in Economics from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1966 with a thesis Problemas de la agricultura española en el tránsito del Antiguo al Nuevo Régimen, which earned him the Taurus prize for books on social science research and was published with the title Las crisis agrarias en la España moderna.
A lecturer at the Faculty of Political and Economic Sciences in Madrid, in 1967 he was given the chair in World and Spanish Economic History at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and in 1968 the chair in Economic History and Institutions at the Faculty of Economics of the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 1978 he was elected a full member of the Real Academia de Historia and became its director in 1998.
His most prominent works include: Historia económica y pensamiento social (1983), El antiguo régimen: los Borbones (1985), Vida cotidiana en tiempos de Goya (1996), and Historia económica de España. Siglos XIX y XX (2000).
Anes was a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Spain (1980–89) and president of the board of trustees of the Museo del Prado (1986–90). He belonged to the scientific committee of the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, where we wish to convey our condolences to his family, colleagues, disciples and friends.
A biographical sketch of Gonzalo Anes can be found in Diccionario Biográfico Español