Premio Nacional de Sociología y Ciencia Política 2004

Biographical sketch of Mr Juan José Linz Storch de Gracia

Juan José Linz Storch de Gracia

Juan José Linz Storch de Gracia, born in 1926 in Bonn, is a professor emeritus at Yale University, having spent most of his academic career in the United States.

He holds a degree, with honours, in Political Sciences (1947) and Law (1948) from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He obtained his doctorate in Sociology at Columbia University, New York (1959) with a thesis on "The Social Basis of Political Parties in West Germany".

He taught at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid until 1947, moving to Columbia University in 1960 and then on to Yale in 1968, where he remained until he retired. At the same time, he taught at the Madrid School of Industrial Organisation (1959), Stanford University (1966), the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid (1968), the European University Institute in Florence (1979), as Max Weber Visiting Professor at Heidelberg University (1983), at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris (1994), as Eric Voeglin Visiting Professor at Munich University (1996), and as Georg Simmel Visiting Professor at Umboldt University in Berlin (1997).

He has given conferences and taken part in seminars at universities all over the world, and at most Spanish universities, and has received honorary doctorates from Granada University (1976), Philipps-Universitát zu Marburg Universities, the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid and Georgetown University (1992), Oslo University (2002) and the Basque Country University (2002).

Among his scientific and association activities are the following: Chairman of the World Association of Public Opinion Research, 1974-76. Chairman of the Council for European Studies during 1973-74, of which he was a founding member. Member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (1974-1982) and of its Scientific Committee (1974-78). Chairman of the Political Sociology Research Committee of the ISA and the IPSA (1971-1979), of which was a founding member in 1960.

Honorary member of a number of Spanish and foreign associations related to the fields of Sociology and Political Science. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1976. In 1982 he was awarded the Europa Award in Fiuggi (Italy); in 1986 he was presented with the Order of Isabel la Católica and the following year, 1987, he was awarded the Príncipe de Asturias Prize for Social Sciences.

He has published a large number of scientific books and monographs, as well as a collection of articles in books and in the most prestigious international science journals, in the fields of sociology and political science.