Christopher Llewellyn Smith

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Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith FRS
LLewellyn Smith as CERN DG.jpg
Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith during his term of office as Director General of CERN in 1996
Provost of
University College, London
In office
Preceded bySir Derek Roberts
Succeeded bySir Derek Roberts
Personal details
Born (1942-11-19) 19 November 1942 (age 77)
Alma materUniversity of Oxford

Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith FRS (born 19 November 1942) completed his D.Phil. in theoretical physics at New College, Oxford in 1967. Thereafter he worked at the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow, CERN and then the SLAC before returning to Oxford in 1974. Llewellyn Smith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984.

While Chairman of Oxford Physics (1987–92) he led the merger of five different departments into a single Physics Department. Smith was Director General of CERN from 1994 through 1998.[1][2] Thereafter he served as Provost and President of University College London (1999–2002).

Llewellyn Smith received the James Clerk Maxwell Medal and Prize in 1979, and Glazebrook Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 1999 and was knighted in 2001. In 2004, he became Chairman of the Consultative Committee for Euratom on Fusion (CCE-FU). Until 2009 he was Director of UKAEA Culham Division, which holds the responsibility for the United Kingdom's fusion programme and operation of the Joint European Torus (JET). He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[3] In 2013, he joined the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, India as a Distinguished Professor. In 2015, he was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society.[4]

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  1. ^ "Inside story: Llewellyn Smith, world scientist". CERN Courier. January 2013.
  2. ^ "Faces and places: Chris Llewellyn Smith". CERN Courier. January 1999.
  3. ^ "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  4. ^ "Royal Medal". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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Preceded by
Carlo Rubbia
Director General of CERN
1994 – 1998
Succeeded by
Luciano Maiani
Academic offices
Preceded by
Derek Roberts
Provost of University College, London
1999 – 2002
Succeeded by
Derek Roberts