Severo Ochoa, Margarita Salas, Nicolás Cabrera, Alberto Sols, Francisco Tomás y Valiente, Aurelio Menéndez, Carlos Paris, Maria Ángeles Durán, José María Segovia de Arana, Diego Figuera Aymerich … The history of the Autonomous University of Madrid has been marked by great names of sciences and letters. The UAM was born in 1968, together with the Barcelona and Bilbao, with a distinctive feature that makes it a higher education center very different from those existing at that time in Spain: a full union of teaching and research, in the that theoretical and experimental teaching always go hand in hand in all branches of knowledge.
With this spirit, the new university space mobilized from its inception a large number of professors with extremely successful careers. Classes began on October 24, 1968 , with 1,173 students enrolled and 60 teachers. Initially, the UAM was created with five faculties: Law, Philosophy and Letters, Political, Economic and Commercial Sciences; Sciences and Medicine. As it did not have its own campus, the first courses were taught in different locations in Madrid.
On November 9, 1970, the new Faculty of Medicine was inaugurated in the surroundings of the La Paz health city, thereby launching a new teaching system based on the integration of theory and clinical practice in public hospitals. A year later, the Cantoblanco Campus was inaugurated, with the faculties of Philosophy and Letters, Law, Economic and Business Sciences, and Sciences; to which the Faculty of Teacher Training and the Higher Polytechnic School would be added. The campus model was inspired by North American universities: away from the city and with large green areas.
The Cantoblanco Campus was born with the vocation of facilitating a complete university life experience, which included not only academic and research activities, but also all kinds of services (medical service, central library, dining room, sports center, nursery, nursery school...) . Today it also houses a huge variety of resources, including everything from museums to exhibition halls, passing through a wide range of sports facilities.