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History highlights

From a simple green field to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world… Some people may think this requires a leap of imagination. Actually, that’s exactly the point.

Many imaginative leaps and jumps weave their ways through the story of CERN to make it what it is today. But a stroll through this collection of highlights doesn’t just tell the story of a laboratory, it also reflects the different challenges that grip particle physicists through the decades.

As CERN continues to evolve through changing times, its goal of pure research continues to contribute to science and technology. From Nobel Prize winning physics to the World Wide Web. From 1954 to the here and now…