José María Albareda Herrera (
Madrid, 26-2-1966) was a Spanish soil scientist and science administrator. From its 1939 creation by the
Francoist regime to his 1966 death, he was the Secretary General and head of the
Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), the main Spanish scientific institution. He was one of the first numerary members of the
Opus Dei, and he was a close friend of its founder
Josemaría Escrivá. He was eventually ordained a priest in 1959.