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Lino Camprubí

After spending a year of graduate studies at Universidad de Sevilla and Cornell University, Lino Camprubí enrolled in the UCLA History department in 2006. He obtained his PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011. His forthcoming book explores the links between science, technology and the transformation of the Spanish landscape in the first years of Franco’s dictatorship. There, he argues that scientists and engineers were active participants in shaping the Francoist political economy. He reaches this conclusion by examining the relationships between laboratories and the Spanish political economy and paying special attention to the circulation of material objects between laboratories and landscapes. In promoting this circulation, engineers exploited state resources. Both state and laboratory products were transformed in the process.

He joined TEUS through the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in early 2012. As part of TEUS, he endeavors to place Spanish geological, geophysical and oceanographic research in a broad transnational Cold War context. In particular, he analyzes international collaboration in uranium prospection, the place of phosphates in the failed decolonization process at the Western Sahara, and oceanography in the Strain of Gibraltar.

He has presented this research first results at a number of conferences and invited talks in Manchester (Cold War, Blue Planet, 2012), Athens (ESHS, 2012), Lisbon (German Science in Southern Europe, 2012, and Shaping Landscapes, Building Expertise, 2013), Oviedo (Fundación Gustavo Bueno), and Barcelona (CEHIC).


  • Lino Camprubí, The Engineers "Redemption of Spain": Science, Technology and the Making of the Francoist Landscape, 1939-1959 (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, forthcoming).
  • Lino Camprubí "Ni física ni industria: modelos y estándares en las "ciencias de la construcción" (1934-1961)", in Néstor Herran & Xavier Roqué, La física en la dictadura. Físicos, cultura y poder en España, 1939-1975 (Bellaterra: UAB, 2012): 27-44.
  • Lino Camprubí, “‘Frankie the Frog’: The Total Transformation of a River Basin as ‘Totalitatian’ Technology (Spain, 1946-1961), Endeavour (Dec., 2011).
  • Lino Camprubí, “One Grain, One Nation Rice Genetics and the Corporate State in Early Francoist Spain (1939-1952)”, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 40, No. 4 (2010): 499–531.
  • Lino Camprubí, “Los estándares como instrumentos políticos: ciencia y Estado franquista a finales de los años cincuenta,” Empiria, 18 (July-December, 2009): 85-114.
  • Lino Camprubí, "El Capitalismo internacional tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial desde la dialéctica de Estados", El Catoblepas, 48 (april, 2010): 11.
  • Lino Camprubí, “Traveling Around the Empire: Iberian Voyages, the Sphere, and the Atlantic Origins of the Origins of the Scientific Revolution,” Eä: Journal of Medical Studies and Social Studies of Science and Technology, 1. 2 (2009): 1-19.