CERN celebrates its 70th anniversary and birthday of Herwig Schopper, Director General of CERN from 1981 to 1988, in the same year!

On Friday 1 March, Herwig Schopper celebrates his 100th birhtday. He has made landmark contributions to nuclear and particle physics and to related technologies. In his early career, he played a key role in shaping today’s physics research landscape in Germany, establishing laboratories and institutions before going on to leadership roles at DESY and CERN.

After retirement, not content to rest on his laurels, Herwig embarked on a new career: as a science diplomat. In this capacity, he played a leading role in the establishment of the SESAME laboratory in Jordan, a synchrotron light facility for the Middle East and neighbouring regions.

Over his remarkable career, Herwig has rubbed shoulders with the giants of the field, counting many as friends. Few have had the opportunity to witness the evolution of particle physics from such a privileged vantage point.

Now is your chance to hear this history first hand. On Friday 1 March from 2 p.m. in the Main Auditorium, current and former CERN directors, eminent scientists and Herwig himself will speak, before participants are invited to raise a glass at a drinks reception. Full details are available here.

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