Santiago Ramón y Cajal was born in 1852 in Petilla de Aragón. The Ramón y Cajal family moved to Valpalmas in 1956. In his memoirs, Santiago Ramón y Cajal tells us how his love for nature and science began during the four years he lived in this town.
“The admiration of Nature was also, as I have said, one of the unstoppable tendencies of my spirit. […] All the hours of free time that my studies allowed were spent running around the town, exploring ravines, pathways, fountains, crags and hills, to the great anguish of my mother, who always feared some accident during my long absences. As a result of these activities, a passion for animals, especially for birds, of which I made a great collection, was born in me.”
Memories of my life, part I, chapter III.
The Ramon y Cajal Cultural Centre of Valpalmas covers the history of the town, as well as the life and scientific achievements of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. It relies on many of his writings and takes advantage of fragments of his memoirs in which he talks about his relationship with Valpalmas.