Bernard Gregory

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Bernard Gregory (Bergerac, January 19, 1919 - Élancourt, December 24, 1977)[1][2][3] was a prominent French physicist and director-general of CERN.[4]

Bernard Gregory
Bernard Gregory, CERN
Bernard Gregory at CERN
Born (1919-01-19)19 January 1919
Bergerac, France
Died 24 December 1977(1977-12-24) (aged 58)
Élancourt, France
Occupation French physicist and former CERN Director-General


During World War II Gregory was a prisoner of war in a German camp for military officers.[1] After the war he graduated from the École Polytechnique and École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, then went to the United States to study fundamental particle interactions in high-energy cosmic rays.

After earning his Ph.D. in the U.S., Gregory returned to France, where he was soon made deputy director of the École Polytechnique physics lab organized in 1936 by Louis Leprince-Ringuet. Here he worked with a number of physicists including Charles Peyrou, Jean Crussard, André Lagarrigue, and later André Astier.

In 1958 Gregory was appointed professor of physics at the Polytechnique.[1]

He was Directorate Member for Research at CERN from 1964 to 1965.[5] From 1966 to 1970 he was Director General of CERN.[6] At CERN he supervised most of the construction of the world's first hadron collider, the Intersecting Storage Rings (ISR).

Following his mandate as CERN Director-General, Gregory returned to the Polytechnique laboratory in Paris. Soon he became director-general of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).[1] In 1975 he took charge of the General Delegation for Scientific and Technical Research (DGRST).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Biographie de Bernard Grégory". La Jaune et la Rouge : Revue des anciens élèves de l'Ecole polytechnique (X). May 1978. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tribute to Professor Gregory". CERN Courier 10 (12): 378. December 1970. 
  3. ^ "People and things: Bernard Gregory". CERN Courier 18 (1-2): 27. February 1978. 
  4. ^ "The 1979 Bernard Gregory lectures". CERN Report 80-03. CERN. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bernard GREGORY: Directorate Member for Research". CERN Courier 4 (3): 28. March 1964. 
  6. ^ "Prof. Gregory to succeed Prof. Weisskopf next January". CERN Courier. CERN. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 

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Preceded by
Victor Weisskopf
Director General of CERN
Succeeded by
Willibald Jentschke and John Adams (Co-directors)