- Issue date: 11/06/2010
- Printing Process: Huecograbado
- Paper: Estucado, engomado, fosforescente
- Size of stamp: 40,9 x 28,8 y 28,8 x 40,9 mm. (horizontal y vertical)
- Sheet effects: 25
- Postal value of the stamps: 0,34 €
- Print run: 315.000 de cada motivo
- Dented: 13 3/4 (horizontal) y 13 1/4 (vertical)
Medical science and music are represented in this “Popular Characters” issue by Gregorio Marañon and Julián Arcas.
Gregorio Marañón ( Madrid 1887-1960) was an eminent doctor and writer. He studied medicine at the University of Madrid and obtained a Phd in 1910. After a year of study and investigation in Germany, he returned to Madrid in 1911 where he studied endocrinology. In 1922 he became a member of the Academy of Medicine and years later founded the Institute of Medical Pathology of which he became director. He became university professor of endocrinology and published a large number of scientific works on this subject as well as the ageing process, the human behaviour and the vital processes of man besides publishing historical essays and biographies of great literary richness. He was elected Mp during the Republic but soon gave up on politics and moved to Paris during the Civil War. He returned to Madrid in 1943 and gradually resumed his medical work as well as his university and literary activities.
Julián Gabino Arcas Lacal (Maria, Almería 1832 - Antequera, Málaga, 1882), known as Julián Arcas, is considered to be the best Spanish guitar player of late XIX century. He began his musical studies with his father and later on in the school of Dionisio Aguado in Málaga. In his early years he successfully performed in the most important Spanish and European cities. In 1862, on a trip to England, he performed in the palaces of the Duques of Wellington and Cambridge. He was teacher to the famous guitar player Francisco de Tárrega as well as other prominent pupils from the Conservatorio de Música de Madrid of which he was named Honorary Professor. He wrote more than 50 pieces and adapted passages of Operas and Zarzuelas for guitar besides re-elaborating themes inspired in popular music. His native town, Almeria, organizes every year the Julián Arcas International Classical Guitar Contest.