Pierre Auger and Edoardo Amaldi, benefiting from
the encouragements of Isidor Rabi at the UNESCO General
Conference of 1950, convinced the European governments to move
The Conseil Européen de la Recherche Nucléaire, CERN, was born
in 1952. CERN was the first science joint venture of countries
in post-war Europe, and is a model of what can be done when a
group of nations joins forces with a common goal.
CERN's governing body, Council, is composed of two representatives
per Member State, usually one from government and the other from
the scientific community. Council thus has the means to reconcile
the wishes of scientists with the financial will of governments.