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John Adams, CERN record breaker, 1959

John Adams, CERN record breaker, 1959

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John Adams in 1959, announcing that CERN had set a new world record for the highest-energy particle accelerator. CERN is the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. The record of 24 GeV was set by the proton synchrotron (PS), and John Adams, a British engineer, played a key role in this success. The new record was set at 19:35 on 24 November 1959, and the announcement was made the next morning. The vodka bottle, held by Adams, was a present from the Soviet scientists who had been the previous record holders. The vodka was drunk and the bottle returned with a souvenir photograph. Many key discoveries in physics have been made at CERN, which was founded in 1954.

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