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Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith
Director General of CERN, 1994-98

Abstract: The Large Hadron Collider

The LHC is expected to provide new insights into the nature of matter and the structure of the universe.  I will describe the aims of the LHC, how it works, and some of the major technical challenges that had to be met during construction.  After the spectacularly successful start-up last September, which took place in a glare of publicity, it broke down: I will describe what went wrong, and plans to re-start in the summer.  I will conclude with prospects for the future, including what the LHC may discover and when.

Biog:

Chris Llewellyn Smith is a theoretical physicist.  He is currently Chairman of the Council of ITER (the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor) and of the Consultative Committee for Euratom on Fusion (CCE-FU), President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and its Applications in the Middle East), and a Vice President of the Royal Society.  He was Director of UKAEA Culham (2003-2008), with responsibility for the UK's fusion programme and for operation of the Joint European Torus (JET), Provost and President of University College London (1999 - 2002), Director General of CERN (1994 - 1998), and Chairman of Oxford Physics (1987 - 1992).  During his mandate as Director General of CERN the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was approved and started, and CERNís flagship Large Electron Positron collider (LEP) was successfully upgraded.  Chris Llewellyn Smith has written and spoken widely on science funding, international scientific collaboration, and energy issues.  His scientific contributions and leadership have been recognised by awards and honours in seven countries on three continents.



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