A latina/hispanic figure that has contributed a great deal to the world.?

I need a latina/hispanic figure that has contributed a great deal to the world for a paper for my Spanish class. I have found some that have affected their respective countries, but I would like a great Spanish figure that has done something that greatly changed the entire world.

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  • xo379
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra

    Cervantes is the most famous of all Spanish language writers of all time and perhaps the most famous writer of all time in any language, rivaling his contemporary Shakespeare

    http://coloquio.com/famosos/cervantes.htm

    Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro, 1st Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca (Spanish pronunciation: [erˈnan korˈtes]; 1485 – December 2, 1547) was a Spanish conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the King of Castile, in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers that began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hern%C3%A1n_Cort%C3%A...

    Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo

    César Milstein shared the Nobel Prize for "pioneering contributions to the theory and techniques of immunology, which were said to lay the basis for advances in medical areas such as cancer treatment and the detection of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). In work with his colaureate Georges J. F. Koehler, Milstein developed the techniques for producing monoclonal antibodies, antibodies with a specific affinity for certain sites in the body that might find diseased cells but leave healthy cells intact.

    http://coloquio.com/famosos/milstein.html

    Juan Ponce de León was a Spanish conquistador. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish Crown. He is also notable for his voyage to Florida, the first known European excursion there, as well as for being associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth, which was said to be in Florida.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ponce_de_Le%C3%B...

  • Dan
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I believe this question is looking for Hispanic women, right? It depends on what aspect of contribution to the world - historical, political, scientific, cultural, charity, religious, or pop culture. Here are just a few that I know, but www.google.com has names galore.

    Martha Senn is a Colombian opera singer, mezzo-soprano, world class and has performed in La Scala, Milano and other famous operas worldwide.

    Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union.

    France Anne Cordova, Mexican-American, youngest person ever to hold the position of chief scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    Antonia Novello, Puerto-Rican-American, first female to serve as Surgeon General of the United States. She focused during much of her medical and public health career on children and women.

    Ellen Ochoa, astronaut and scientist.

    Santa Teresa de Jesus (de Avila), Spanish mystic writer and Doctor of the Church.

    Queen Isabella, of course.

    Shakira, even though her music is not my type, has done extensive charity work with her resources gained from her music. Good for her.

    Maria Isabel Urrutia, heavy weightlifter gold medalist at Sydney Olympics.

    Mrs. Valdez (Juan Valdez's Mom) - well, she was responsible for a major coffee industry, kee-hee-hee. Just kidding.

    Silvia Tcherassi, award winning Colombian fashion designer. Has appeared in Miami and Milan.

    Pily Queipo Rodriguez, designed the swimsuits on the cover of the 2001 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

    Linda Jean Córdova Carter, otherwise Lynda Carter - Wonderwoman actress.

    Any of our Latin women - because they are dedicated, loving, hardworking, God-honoring, and extend all the sacrifice that is required to see their children be successful. Because they are beautiful, whether inside or outside, or both, and they rock. Because while they are gentle and kind most of the time, they know when it's time to kick-***.

  • 4 years ago

    Queen Latifah was only nominated for an acting (not music score or song-writing) Oscar for Chicago (2002)....

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