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Dr Lyn Evans, Large Hydron Collider project leader at CERN (c. CERN)
My job involves quite a bit of travel. Recently, I met the President of China and thought to myself, "Not bad for a bloke from Aberdare!"
Dr Lyn Evans, the son of a miner from Aberdare who grew up in a council house in Cwmbach, is now one of the most influential physicists in the world. He has been in charge of the world’s most expensive science experiment since 1994 - the Large Hydrogen Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
Evans the Atom!

Lyn believes that his family's mining background helped him reach the success he enjoys today as one of the planet's leading particle physicists.  'There was lots of culture with the miner's halls. Despite having to earn a living underground, miners had an incredibly cultured background .'

Lyn who was born in Cwmbach, went to Aberdare Grammar School and studied physics at the University of Wales, Swansea. In 1994 he took on responsibility for the world’s most expensive science project - building the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in a gigantic 27km underground tunnel at CERN. The Collider is trying to recreate the conditions that existed shortly after the Big Bang.

In 2008 over a billion people tuned in to watch as Dr Evans turned on the biggest science experiment the world has ever seen! ‘This is a discovery machine, probably the most sophisticated instrument ever devised by humans. The insight it could give us into the nature of mass and the workings of the quantum (smaller than the atom) world are far reaching indeed’, says Lyn.

Lyn who speaks Welsh, loves rugby and grew up in a council house in Cwmbach has lived in Geneva for nearly 20 years. But he has not forgotten his Valleys’ roots, even inviting the Morriston Orpheus choir to sing in the control room of the ‘Big Bang’ research facility in Geneva.

Lyn believes that his family's mining background helped him reach the success he enjoys today.  'There was lots of culture with the miner's halls. Despite having to earn a living underground, miners had an incredibly cultured background .'

'My biggest career hurdle was passing ‘O’ Level French which was a requirement for university. It was a nightmare. Ironically, since joining CERN, I spend half of my time working in French...I've been around a long time and seen big projects, but when I go into that tunnel I feel really overawed. Day to day I run a lab with two and a half thousand staff - which is huge. My job involves quite a bit of travel. Recently, I met the President of China and thought to myself, ‘Not bad for a bloke from Aberdare!’

Dr Lyn Evans, CERN (c. CERN)
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Birth: Cwmbach, Aberdare 1945
The Morriston Orpheus Choir performing at CERN. You can watch the choir practice in Morriston on a Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Email gensec@morristonorpheus.com to check times. (Morriston Orpheus Choir)
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Listen to Dr Lyn Evans talking about 'Back to the Big Bang: the Large Hadron Collider at CERN'
Large Hadron Collider project director Dr Lyn Evans joins the Morriston Orpheus choir singing at the control room of the "Big Bang" research facility in Geneva
Dr Lyn Evans
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