Gemma Cirac-Claveras is a Physicist by training and holds a PhD in History of Science at the Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). She has worked at the Alexandre Koyré Centre (Paris), the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (Toulouse), the Pierre Simon Laplace Institute (Paris), the National Air and Space Museum (Washington DC), the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (Marne), the Université Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Catalonia).
Her research explores the history of satellite Earth observation technology. In particular, the history of the web of techniques, knowledge, practices, institutions, actors and ideas involved in the production, circulation and use of satellite-generated data, and the power dynamics they articulate, as well as their environmental, social and political implications.
Among others, she has received awards from NASA and the History of Science Society (2015), the American Institute of Physics (2016), the European Space Agency (2017), and the International Committee for the History of Technology (2016 and 2021). Since 2022, she is the PI of the project "CLIMASAT. Remote-sensing Satellite Data and Making of Global Climate in Europe, 1980s-2000s" funded by an ERC Starting Grant.
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