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Ignacio Barraquer

Ignacio Barraquer Barraquer (March 25, 1884 – May 13, 1965) was a Spanish ophthalmologist known for his contributions to the advancement of cataract surgery.[1] Barraquer was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.[2] He was the father of Jose Barraquer, also an ophthalmologist known for pioneering works in refractive surgery.[1]

Ignacio Barraquer received his medical doctorate in 1908 in Barcelona, and upon his father's retirement, was appointed Acting Professor of Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine, held until 1923.[1] He invented many surgical instruments and procedures involving cataract surgery, many of which are named after him; some among them the suction cup that extracts cataracts, and the fine-tunable vacuum-producing apparatus which allowed the removal of the crystalline lens.[1]

Among his other achievements, Barraquer also founded, planned, and designed the Centro de Oftalmología Barraquer.


  1. ^ a b c d "Ignacio Barraquer Barraquer".
  2. ^ "Famous ophthalmoloigsts on stamps".