Lino Camprubi

Research Scholar
Research Scholars are early career scholars who have ordinarily already had at least one postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent academic experience. This is the equivalent of an entry-level academic position (e.g. assistant professor in North America, Lecturer in the United Kingdom, Maître de conférences in France). These scholars carry considerable responsibilities (no more than 30% of their time) within their research unit.
Department II
8. September 2014 to 7. September 2017

I received graduate training at the Universidad de Sevilla (Philosophy) and Cornell University (STS) and in 2011 earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Those were the first seeds of my first book, Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2014), which is an example of the significance of the history of science and technology for producing more accurate understandings of political economies. It shows that scientists and engineers participated actively in building the Francoist state and links the technological transformation of concrete urban and rural landscapes to forced industrialization, national–Catholicism and the Opus Dei, conflicting autarkies, the transition from the corporate to the regulatory state, and European integration.

For almost three years, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona’s Centro de Historia de la Ciencia as part of the ERC project "The Earth Under Surveillance," devoted to exploring the connections between transnational Cold War developments and the geophysical sciences. 

My current project at the MPIWG aims at bringing together the history of Cold War oceanography with the changing meanings and technologies of hearing underwater. I focus on particular on the Strait of Gibraltar as a chokepoint for global scientific, strategic, and environmental history.

Selected publications: 

Camprubí, L., & Robinson, S. (2016). A gateway to ocean circulation: surveillance and sovereignty at Gibraltar. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 46(4), 429-459.


Camprubí, L., & Johnson, T. (2016). Deserts: the geopolitics of geology. Technosphere Magazine: Phosphorus, (5), 1-12.


Camprubí, L. (2016). Review of: Gómez, Amparo, Antonio Fco. Canales and Brian Balmer (Eds): Science policies and twentieth-century dictatorships: Spain, Italy, and Argentina. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate 2015. Isis, 107(3), 681-682.


Camprubí, L. (2016). The invention of the global environment (4 reviews). Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 46(2), 243-251.


Camprubí, L. (2015). Resource geopolitics: cold war technologies, global fertilizer, and the fate of Western Sahara. Technology and Culture, 56(3), 676-703. doi:10.1353/tech.2015.0077.


Camprubí, L. (2014). Engineers and the making of the Francoist regime. Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.]: MIT Press.


Adamson, M., Camprubí, L., & Turchetti, S. (2014). From the ground up: Uranium surveillance and atomic energy in Western Europe. In P. Roberts, & S. Turchetti (Eds.), The surveillance imperative: the rise of the geosciences during the Cold War (pp. 23-44). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Camprubí, L. (2010). One Grain, One Nation: Rice Genetics and the Corporate State in Early Francoist Spain (1939-1952). Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 40(4), 499-531.

August–September 2016
4S-EASST (Barcelona).
Detection Systems: Mediterranean Surveillance of the Environment and Refugees
August 2016
MPIWG, Berlin
Experience as Doing: "Observing" the Sea Level at a Prototypical Strait. Experiencing the Global Environment
June 2016
SHOT Annual Meeting, Singapore
Phenomenotechniques: Individual Perception, Collective Experience, and the History of Technology
April 2016
School of the Arts Institute of Chicago
Phosphorus and Technologies of the Anthropocene
October 2015
A Workshop in Honor of Norton Wise, UCLA, Los Angeles
Testing the Underwater Ear: Hearing, Standardizing, and Classifying Marine Sounds during the Cold War, Knowledge, Technologies and Mediation (with Alexandra Hui)


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 
Boltzmannstraße 22 
14195 Berlin 

Curriculum Vitae