Lyn Evans

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Lyn Evans
Lyn Evans - pictures donated by CERN-7.jpg
Evans in 2012
Born Lyndon Evans
1945 (age 70–71)
Aberdare, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Fields Physics
Institutions Large Hadron Collider
Alma mater Swansea University
Notable awards Fundamental Physics Prize (2012)
Lyn Evans in his role as the LHC Project leader (2008)

Lyn Evans (born Lyndon Evans in 1945), is a Welsh scientist, director of the Linear Collider collaboration at CERN.[1] He has also served as the project leader of Switzerland-based Large Hadron Collider in the past.


Born and raised in Aberdare in the South Wales Valleys, he had a youth interest in chemistry,[2] initially enrolling in university to study the subject before switching to physics because he found the subject easier.[3] Evans was educated at Aberdare Boys' Grammar School, where he developed an interest in physics. However, he found it difficult to pass his O Level in French, a qualification which was required to allow him to enter his course at the University College of Swansea (now Swansea University), from where he graduated in 1970.[4] He switched to physics in his second year of undergraduate study at Swansea.[3] He was made an honorary fellow of the University of Wales Swansea in 2002.[5] He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) in July 2010. He went to CERN initially as a research fellow, having previous visited the establishment in 1969 as a visitor.[3]

In 1994,[6] he became involved in the planning of the project which would become the Large Hadron Collider, and in light of his leadership role in the LHC, Evans was redubbed by the press as "Evans the Atom".[2]



  1. ^ "Lyn Evans becomes Linear Collider director". CERN Courier. 52 (6): 37. July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Meet Evans the Atom, who will end the world on Wednesday". Daily Mail. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "Scientist in charge of collider". BBC Wales. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Lyn Evans". BBC Scifiles. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  5. ^ "People". CERN Courier. 42 (9): 45. November 2002. 
  6. ^ Henderson, Mark (2008-09-10). "Welsh engineer leads the way in Large Hadron Collider project". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Fundamental Physics Prize - News". Fundamental Physics Prize. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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