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!’