Manuel Losada Villasante was born in Carmona (Seville) in 1929. He graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Madrid in 1952. In 1967, he earned the Full Professorship of Physiological Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of Seville, later called Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, going on to work at the University of Münster, and the University of California, Berkeley, in the 50s.
In 1968, he founded the Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Photosynthesis, which he headed until 1986. In 2000, he was named Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Seville, a post he held until his retirement in 2005.
His main fields of research are photosynthesis, bio-energy, intermediary metabolism and its regulation, particularly regarding the bio-photoelectrolysis of water, the assimilation of nitrate and other primordial bio-elements and the energisation of phosphate, the bioconversion of solar energy and microalgal biotechnology. He has supervised more than fifty doctoral theses, created an advanced research school and published more than two hundred scientific papers and revisions on these subjects, as well as several books.
He has won the Prince of Asturias award for Scientific-Technological Research and has been named Favourite Son of Andalusia. He has also won the National Prize of the Higher Scientific Research Council (CSIC), the National Biological Research Prize, the I Maimónides Research Prize of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia and the Jaime I Research Prize from the Autonomous Government of Valencia. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Huelva and the Public University of Navarre, and the Gold Medal of the University of Seville.