Lyn Evans

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Lyn Rees Evans
Lyn Evans - pictures donated by CERN-7.jpg
Evans in 2012
Born Lyndon Rees Evans
1945 (age 71–72)
Aberdare, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Alma mater Swansea University
Awards Fundamental Physics Prize (2012)
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions CERN, Large Hadron Collider;
Linear Collider Collaboration
Lyn Evans in his role as the LHC Project leader (2008)

Lyn Evans (born Lyndon Rees Evans in 1945), is a Welsh scientist who served as the project leader of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Based at CERN, in 2012 he became the director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, an international organisation managing development of next generation particle colliders, including the International Linear Collider and the Compact Linear Collider.[1]


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 went to CERN initially as a research fellow, having previous visited the establishment in 1969 as a visitor.[3]

In 1994,[5] 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] He served as the LHC project leader until 2008.[6]

In June 2012, the International Committee for Future Accelerators selected Evans as Director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, an international effort promoting construction of a new linear collider to complement CERN's Large Hadron Collider.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Evans has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1991.[7]
  • He was made an honorary fellow of the University of Wales Swansea in 2002.[8]
  • He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) in July 2010.[9]
  • In 2010, Evans was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[10]
  • On 11 December 2012, he was awarded the 2012 Special Fundamental Physics Prize. He was cited, "For his leadership role in the scientific endeavour that led to the discovery of the new Higgs-like particle by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN's Large Hadron Collider".[11]
  • The Institute of Physics awarded him the Glazebrook Medal in 2013, citing him "for his leadership of the Large Hadron Collider Project".[12]
  • He received the 2013 Special Breakthrough Prize, "For his leadership role in the scientific endeavour that led to the discovery of the new Higgs-like particle by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN's Large Hadron Collider".[13]
  • He received the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal in 2014, for exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science, "For systems leadership of the Large Hadron Collider Project from conceptual design through completion of construction".[14]


  1. ^ a b "Lyn Evans becomes Linear Collider director". CERN Courier. 52 (6): 37. July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Petre, Jonathan (7 September 2008). "Meet Evans the Atom, who will end the world on Wednesday". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "Scientist in charge of collider". BBC Wales. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Lyn Evans". BBC Scifiles. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  5. ^ Henderson, Mark (10 September 2008). "Welsh engineer leads the way in Large Hadron Collider project". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Physicist who built Large Hadron Collider talks at city festival". South Wales Evening Post. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  7. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  8. ^ "People". CERN Courier. 42 (9): 45. November 2002. 
  9. ^ "Honorary Doctorate for Welsh Physicist , News Centre". Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  10. ^ "Lyndon Evans". Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  11. ^ "Breakthrough Prize, Laureate Lyn Evans". Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  12. ^ Physics, Institute of. "2013 Glazebrook Medal". Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  13. ^ "Breakthrough Prize". Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  14. ^ "IEEE Simon Ramo Medal Recipients" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 

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