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Complutense University of Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid is a public research university located in Madrid, one of the oldest universities in the world. The university enrolls over 86,000 students, being the 3rd largest non-distance European university by enrollment, ranking as one of the top universities in Spain. According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the university is regarded as the most prestigious academic institution in Spain, it is located on a sprawling campus that occupies the entirety of the Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid, with annexes in the district of Somosaguas in the neighboring city of Pozuelo de Alarcón. In recent years, the roster of alumni comprises recipients of the Nobel Prize, Prince of Asturias Awards, Miguel de Cervantes Prize, as well as European Commissioners, Presidents of the EU Parliament, European Council Secretary General, ECB Executive Board members, NATO Secretary General, UNESCO Director General, IMF Managing Director, Heads of State. In the course of over seven centuries, the University of Madrid has provided invaluable contributions in the sciences, fine arts, political leadership.

Alumni include renowned philosophers, scientists, military leaders, foreign leaders, many Prime Ministers of Spain. In the year 1785, the University of Madrid became one of the first universities in the world to grant a Doctorate degree to a female student. By Royal Decree of 1857, the University of Madrid was the only institution in Spain authorized to grant doctorates throughout the Spanish Empire. On 20 May 1293, King Sancho IV of Castile granted the Archbishop of Toledo, Gonzalo Pérez Gudiel, a Royal Charter to found a Studium Generale, named El Estudio de Escuelas Generales in Alcalá de Henares. One of its alumni, Cardinal Cisneros, made extensive purchases of land and ordered the construction of many buildings, in what became the first university campus ex-novo in history: The Civitas Dei, or city of God, named after the work of Augustine of Hippo. On 13 April 1499, Cardinal Cisneros secured from Pope Alexander VI a Papal bull to expand Complutense into a full university; this Papal Bull conferred official recognition throughout Christendom to all degrees granted by the University.

It renamed the institution Universitas Complutensis, after Complutum, the Latin name of Alcalá de Henares, where the University was located. In the 1509–1510 school year, the Complutense University operated with five major schools: Arts and Philosophy, Canon law and Medicine. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Complutense University became one of the greatest centers of academic excellence in the world. Many of the leading figures in science and politics of that age studied or taught in Complutense's classrooms. Special colleges were created for students such as Flemish or Irish. In 1785, Complutense became one of the first universities in the world to grant a Doctorate to a female student, María Isidra de Guzmán y de la Cerda. In comparison, University of Oxford did not accept female scholars until 1920, the University of Cambridge did not grant a Ph. D. to a female student until 1926. In 1824, Francisco Tadeo Calomarde further expanded Complutense by merging it with the University of Sigüenza.

By a royal order of 29 October 1836, Queen Regent Maria Christina suppressed the university in Alcalá and ordered its move to Madrid, where it took the name of Literary University and, in 1851, of Central University of Madrid. The University would be known under this name until its original name of "Complutense" was restored in the 1970s; the University of Madrid awarded Albert Einstein a Doctor of Science degree Honoris Causa on 28 February 1923. In April 1933 the Minister for Education and the Arts, Fernando de los Ríos, announced that Einstein had agreed to take charge of a professorship in a research institute, which would bear the name Instituto Albert Einstein, under the University's School of Science. However, as the political situation began to deteriorate throughout Europe, Prof. Einstein ended up accepting a similar position at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; the University expanded during the 19th century, its accommodations in central Madrid proved to be inadequate.

Besides the greater number of students, after its move from Alcalá the University had been based in a number of preexisting, government-acquired properties – aristocratic mansions and royal châteaux from centuries past, abandoned by their owners for more contemporary lodgings. Though they were not without their charm, the ancient buildings were not ideal as educational settings, the early 20th century witnessed the students of the Central University attending philosophy lectures and anatomy lessons in elaborate spaces that had served as ballrooms and salons only a few decades prior; this situation changed in 1927, when by royal decree King Alfonso XIII ceded state-held lands in the proximity of the Palace of La Moncloa to establish space for the University of Madrid. At the time, this constituted all of the land between the Royal Palace and the Palace of El Pardo, today it comprises a vast swath of western Madrid

Robb Thomas

Robb Douglas Thomas is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL who played from 1989 to 1998. Thomas graduated from Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon in 1985 and starred in football and track, he helped lead the Corvallis Spartans to a 3A Oregon State Championship in 1983. At Oregon State University, Thomas set many records, he is second in "all purpose running yards" at OSU. His total of 3,379 yards for rushing and punt and kick-off returns during his career is behind only that of Ken Carpenter's 3,903 yards from 1947-1949, his 230 yards vs. Akron in 1987 was a school record until recently. Thomas was drafted in the 6th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, he played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Robb now resides with his wife Melinda and their three children, his father, Aaron Thomas played wide receiver in the NFL. Robb Thomas at CNNSI Database Football: Robb Thomas stats

Colonia San Juan

Colonia San Juan is a neighborhood in Benito Juárez, Mexico City. Colonia San Juan is located in southern Mexico City; the neighborhood is bordered by: Eje 6 Sur Holbein on the north, across, Santa María Nonoalco and Ciudad de los Deportes Av. Revolución on the west, across, Santa María Nonoalco Empresa street on the south, across, Colonia Insurgentes Mixcoac Augusto Rodin street on the east, across, Colonia Noche Buena and Colonia Extremadura Insurgentes The neighborhood is a residential zone, with some small shops and businesses such as convenience stores, tailor shops and tortillerías; the colonia has one public plaza, the Plaza Valentín Gómez Farías, that dates back to the 17th century. The former house of Mexican president Valentín Gómez Farías, where he was buried some years after his death in 1858, is located on one of the sides of the plaza; the building now houses a public research school. Colonia San Juan has one church, the Parroquia San Juan Evangelista y Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe a colonial building, dating back to the 17th century.

The church has pieces of great artistic value, such as an oil painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe and a sculpture of John the Evangelist. The church is located in front of Plaza Valentín Gómez Farías. Besides Valentín Gómez Farías, other notable historical residents include Mexican intellectual Ireneo Paz, grandfather of Mexican writer and Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, who lived in a 19th century house, still in the neighborhood but is now used as a house of Dominican preachers. Colonia San Juan is home to the Instituto de Investigaciones Doctor José María Luis Mora or Instituto Mora, a public research institution focusing on History and Regional Studies; the institute is located in the building, the house of Valentín Gómez Farías, President of Mexico for five short periods in the 1830s and 1840s. The area is served by Mexico City EcoBici bikeshare. Metro stationsMixcoac