Valentín García Yebra, born in Ponferrada, was mantenedor (chairman) of Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo on the year 2000, the 28th edition. He was a member of the Real Academia de Lengua since January 27, 1985 with a speech on “Translation and enrichment of the translator’s language.”
García Yebra studied Philosophy and Letters at the University of Madrid. He obtained a degree in Classical Philology (1944) and became doctor with a thesis in Latin translations of Aristotle’s metaphysics. He joined the Superior Council for Scientific Research in 1947.
Apart from being a member in the Real Academia de Lengua, in 1997. He also entered the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. As a translator he worked on versions of the classical languages (Greek and Latin), such as various works by Aristotle, Cicero’s dialogue “De amicitia”, Caesar’s “The Gallic War” and Seneca’s “Medea”.