Universidad Andrés Bello is named after one of the most influential intellectuals of the 19th century in Chile and one of the most important humanists in Ibero-America. Andrés Bello López was among those who inspired Chilean institutionality, a senator of the Republic and the first President of the Universidad de Chile.
Andrés Bello López (1781-1865) was a philosopher, politician, diplomat, and jurist currently considered one of the most important humanists and intellectuals of the 19th century in America.
Of Venezuelan origin, he arrived in Chile in 1829, when he began to influence and participate in the essential debates that shaped the institutional framework of the new nation, especially in legal, educational, and cultural matters. In 1832 he was granted Chilean nationality.
He was a professor at the Instituto Nacional and a member of the Board of Education (which proposed the educational plans to be applied in the country’s schools), senator of the Republic for three terms, editor of El Araucano for 20 years, and President of the nascent University of Chile. Concurrently, he was one of the most influential drafters of the Chilean Civil Code, enacted in 1855, laying the foundations of the country’s institutional framework.
He was a lover of literature, and his work also extended to the teaching of language and poetry. His Gramática de la Lengua Castellana para el uso de los americanos (published in 1847) is a quintessential milestone for the use of the language and is internationally recognized as one of the most important works for the conservation and correct use of the language.