Antonio Castro Leal
10th Rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
In office
1 December 1928 – 21 June 1929
Preceded byAlfonso Pruneda
Succeeded byIgnacio García Téllez
Director of the Department of Fine Arts of Mexico
In office
3rd Mexican Representative to UNESCO
In office
Preceded byManuel Martínez Báez
Succeeded byPedro de Alba
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico
In office
Constituency8th district, Mexico City
Personal details
Born(1896-03-02)March 2, 1896
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
DiedJanuary 7, 1981(1981-01-07) (aged 84)
Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Political partyPRI
Alma materUNAM, Georgetown University
OccupationWriter, Politician
Palacio de Bellas Artes

Antonio Castro Leal (March 2, 1896 – January 7, 1981) was a Mexican diplomat and intellectual.


Antonio Castro Leal was born on March 2, 1896, in San Luis Potosí. He received his licenciate and doctor of law degrees from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and his PhD from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Castro Leal was rector of UNAM in 1929 during the student strikes that ultimately lead to the university becoming autonomous, after which he resigned his post. In 1934 as Director of the Department of Fine Arts he inaugurated the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He lived in Paris from 1949 to 1954 as Mexico's ambassador and executive board member for UNESCO, after which he moved to Coyoacán, in Mexico City, where he lived for the rest of his life. He died on January 7, 1981.

Main posts held

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As a translator

Castro Leal also translated Maurice Dobb's Introduction to Economics for Mexico's Fondo de Cultura Económica.


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