Robert Aymar was the Director General of CERN
Robert Aymar was the Director General of CERN (2004–2008), serving a five-year term in that role.
Aymar was born in 1936 in France. He became involved in the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA), the French atomic energy commission in 1959. Aymar directed the Tore Supra from conception in 1977 through to the start of operations in 1988. 1990 saw his appointment as Head of the Sciences of Matter Directorate of the CEA. Thereafter he served as director of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) from 1994–2003 before his position as CERN's Director General. His contribution at Cern was honoured in 2011 when he was awarded with the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic.