Archives of Juan-Antonio Rubio (1944-2010)

Identity Statement [Top]

Reference code(s)

CERN-ARCH-JAR-01 to 26


Archives of Juan-Antonio Rubio (1944-2010)


January 1987 – September 2003

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

20 boxes; 26 Items; 2 linear metres

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Juan-Antonio Rubio

Biographical history

Juan-Antonio Rubio studied physics at Madrid University. In 1965 he began his career as an intern of Junta de Energia Nuclear (JEN) (renamed CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research) in 1986).

In 1968 he joined CERN as a fellow. From 1968 to 1971 he worked on bubble chamber experiments.

In 1971 he received his Ph.D. in physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. From 1971 to 1987 he worked at JEN as

  • researcher (1971-1976)
  • leader of the High Energy Physics group (1977-1981)
  • leader of the Nuclear and Particle Physics Division (1981-1983) 
  • Director of basic research (1983-1987) 
  • Scientific Director (1984-1987)

In 1987, returned to CERN until 2004, he was appointed

  • Coordinator for Latin America (1987-2004) 
  • Group leader of L3 experiment (1987-1990)
  • Scientific advisor to the Director-General (1990-2000)
  • Leader of the Education and Technology Transfer Division (2001-2004)

In summer 2004 he was appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, as Director-General of CIEMAT.

Juan-Antonio Rubio was instrumental in the re-entry of Spain as a CERN Member State in 1983 (it had previously been Member from 1961 to 1969).

During his period at CERN, he was very interested in education, communication, outreach and technology transfer. He also promoted collaboration between Europe and Latin America, supporting projects such as the HELEN network (High Energy Physics Latin America – European Network. In addition he embarked on other challenging endeavours. One of them – a tau/charm factory in Spain – never saw the light of day; another was the validation of Carlo Rubbia’s project of an Energy Amplifier.

At CIEMAT he was the pioneer of an in-depth re-organization decentralizing the institution and promoting projects for the production of alternative energies. In 2009 he was awarded the “Rey Jaime I” New Technologies Prize in recognition of his development work and pioneering research in relation with renewable energies such as thermo-solar, accelerator-controlled fission, fusion by magnetic confinement and recycling of nuclear waste.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Juan-Antonio Rubio in January 2005

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

This collection covers Juan-Antonio Rubio’s period at CERN between 1987 to 2004. It contains files concerning the European Laboratory for the Energy Amplifer (LAESA), European Union project for the TARC Experiment, L3 experiment, Tau-charm factory project and relations with the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The original order has been preserved.

Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 15th July 2014