Juan María Gutiérrez (May 6, 1809 – February 26, 1878) was an Argentine statesman, jurist, surveyor, historian, critic, and poet.
He was a major figure in Argentine liberalism and one of the most prominent promoters of Argentine culture during the 19th century.
His oeuvre includes novels, Costumbrist dramas, biographies, literary criticism, and scientific works.
His political career began after the fall of Juan Manuel de Rosas in 1852.
He represented Entre Ríos at the Argentine constitutional convention the following year.
Between 1854 and 1856 he served as minister of foreign relations for the Argentine Confederation.
Along with Esteban Echeverría, he was one of the founders of the Asociación de Mayo, an intellectual movement of the Rio de la Plata region.
Gutiérrez was also a major figure of science and technology within Argentina.
He was rector of the University of Buenos Aires from 1861 until his retirement in 1874.
During his tenure, numerous distinguished European professors joined the university's faculty.
Along with Hermann Burmeister, he launched the study of natural sciences in Argentina.
"Fortunately I have a malleable character and always find as much promise in a book of poetry as in a book of mathematics." - Juan María Gutiérrez
"By virtue of his heart's loftiness and his spirit's luster, Gutiérrez was a poet without compromising himself as a mathematician.
This yields the precious alliance of good taste and good sense that pervades his intelligence." - Juan Bautista Alberdi