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Luis Lopez de Mesa


A Harvard graduate, Luis Lopez de Mesa (*1884 - 1967) was medical doctor, psychiatrist, and pedagogue, President of the National University of Colombia, and Minister of Education during the Santos administration. He created the first psychological test to be administered in Colombia in 1920, and was a co-founder of the Faculty (School) of Psychology at the National University of Colombia in 1947, together with Mercedes Rodrigo Bellido and Jose Maria Garcia Madrid, among others.

As Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1938 onwards, this reputed Colombian intellectual was responsible for closing national doors to the Jewish people looking for shelter from Europe, a paradoxic turn of events given he was of Jewish Sephardic descent. He even tried to erase this, destroying archiveswhich wasn't possible in Spain, despite his position.

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