Engineers and Scientists as Commercial Agents of the Spanish Nuclear Programme

  • Joseba De la Torre
  • M. d. Mar Rubio-VarasEmail author
  • Gloria Sanz Lafuente
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseba De la Torre
    • 1
  • M. d. Mar Rubio-Varas
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gloria Sanz Lafuente
    • 1
  1. 1.Economics DepartmentUniversidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA)PamplonaSpain
  2. 2.INARBE, Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA)PamplonaSpain

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