Emilio Herrera Linares

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Emilio Herrera
1914-02-21, La Esfera, Emilio Herrera Linares y José Ortiz Echagüe, Gamonal (cropped) Herrera Linares.jpg
Emilio Herrera Linares

(1879-02-13)13 February 1879
Died13 September 1967(1967-09-13) (aged 88)
ChildrenJosé Herrera Petere
Stratospheric space suit prototype, designed by Herrera for stratospheric flight c.1935

Emilio Herrera Linares (13 February 1879, Granada, Spain – 13 September 1967, Geneve, Switzerland) was a Spanish military engineer and physicist.


He graduated from the Academy of Military Engineering of Guadalajara in 1902; he subsequently researched aeronautics, including a brief period at the University of Santander. He is best known for his work in cosmology and pioneering studies for high-altitude flight, spaceflight, computing, and for designing the pressurised stratonautical space suit that was to be used in a planned stratospheric balloon flight in 1936 and that is considered one of the antecedents of the space suit.

During the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), he remained loyal to the Second Spanish Republic. In 1937, he was made a general. He was a minister in several Spanish Republican government in exile and Prime Minister of the Republic in exile between 1960 and 1962. He was father of the poet José Herrera Petere.


  • Herrera, Emilio (1984). Flying : the memoirs of a Spanish aeronaut. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 9780826307521.

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