Biography of Salvador Alonso
Salvador Alonso, matriculation slip 1913-14
Salvador Alonso studied at the University of Glasgow between 1913 and 1914.
Born in Vigo, Galicia, Alonso was the youngest son of Cuban mother Eloisa Giménez-Cuenca and Spanish father, Antonio Alonso, who was a pioneer of the canning industry in Galicia.
Salvador Alonso studied Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and Physical Laboratory during his year at the University, before returning home to Galicia to work for his father’s company Antonio Alonso and Sons, founded in 1873.
Antonio Alonso and Sons was an export canning company that supplied canned fish products for export. Salvador, along with his brothers, Rodrigo and Antonio, took over the brand Palacio de Oriente, which their father had first named Palais D'Orient, in 1918. The company's success was highlighted when they received a visit from the King of Spain, Alfonso XII, in September 1927.