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Royal Decree
Mariano Roca de Togores, marqués de Molíns (1812 - 1889)
Royal Decree creating the Royal Academy of Sciences

On 25 February 1847, when Mariano Roca de Togores was minister of Development, Education and Public Works, this Corporation was created by Royal Decree with the name of Royal Academy of Mathematics, Physics, and  Natural Sciences, and likewise declared to be equal in category and privileges to the Royal Spanish Academies of History and Fine Arts of San Fernando, which were already in existence.

Furthermore, its composition is established at 36 members, of which half, in this instance only, will be by royal appointment, and the rest elected by those appointees.

At the same time, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Madrid is declared to be dissolved.  The solemn  public installation ceremony of the Academy was held in the Major Assembly Hall of the University of Madrid on 25 April 1847, two months after its founding.

A Royal Order signed on March 4 named the 18 first academic fellows by royal appointment, and another from the same date appointed José Solano de la Matalinares, Marquis del Socorro, as acting president. He was to occupy the office until March 8 of the following year when the academic posts were  assigned in their own right.