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Engineers and Scientists as Commercial Agents of the Spanish Nuclear Programme

Joseba Torre, M. d. Mar Rubio-Varas () and Gloria Sanz Lafuente
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Joseba Torre: Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA)
M. d. Mar Rubio-Varas: INARBE, Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA)
Gloria Sanz Lafuente: Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA)

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Maria del Mar Rubio Varas

Chapter 12 in Technology and Globalisation, 2018, pp 313-340 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract The unique nature of the technological, financial and managerial decisions of the civil uses of nuclear power granted a leading role to engineers and scientists employed by the state and private companies in the USA, West Germany and the UK. But in less-developed countries too, such as Spain, the nuclear programme was started and influenced by a small group of engineers and scientists who operated as agents of economic modernization in the decision-making framework of a dictatorship. Making use of new archival sources, this chapter identifies three of these actors: two Spanish industrial engineers and executive directors, Jaime MacVeigh and Manuel Gutiérrez-Cortines, and the German scientist Karl Wirtz as facilitator. These three players performed strategic roles in the Spanish nuclear programme.

Keywords: Nuclear Program; MacVeigh; Cortin; Atomic Energy Board; UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-75450-5_12

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