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Antoni Melcion Malo
De la física a la indústria: Miquel Tomàs, física d'altes energies i informàtica a la darreria del franquisme
Supervisor/s: Xavier Roqué Rodríguez
Date of defense: 09-09-2013

This Master’s dissertation traces the career of Catalan physicist, MiquelTomàs i Ondiviela (1936–2011). After graduating from the University of Barcelona in the early 1960s, Tomàs trained as a postgraduate in France, before joining theGrupo Experimental de Altas Energías established at the Junta de Energia Nuclear, in Madrid, in 1967. His professional activity while in Madrid, like that of his fellow group members, was directly related to Spain’s membership to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. When Spain left CERN in 1969, the core members of the Grupo Experimental de Altas Energías dispersed, and Tomàs found it difficult, and ultimately not possible, to carry on working on high-energy experimental physics. His experience with computers allowed him to embark on a career in industry. Tomàs's path throws light on the professional aims and chances of Spanish physicists at the end of Francoism, and on the transition from academic physics to enterprise computing.