Echegaray y Eizaguirre, José[aychaygahree ee ayeethageeray]
Spanish statesman, mathematician, and playwright, born in Madrid, Spain. He taught mathematics, held portfolios in various ministries (1868--74), then won literary fame from his many plays in prose and verse, sharing the 1904 Nobel Prize for Literature. He returned to politics as minister of finance (1905), and to science as professor of physics at Madrid University (1905). His masterpiece was Elgran Galeoto (1881, trans The World and his Wife).
Major Works Plays,
1874 The Check-book
1877 Madman or Saint
1881 The World and his Wife