In recent weeks the European science lab CERN has been uploading gobs of photos from their archives onto their publicly accessible document server. It's part of their 60th anniversary celebration and is a fascinating window into how fundamental science was done during the groovy '60s and funkadelic '70s.
There are literally tens of thousands of photos, with dozens more uploaded each day. The shutterbugs in Geneva took pictures of everything, from scientists working to construction projects and experimental equipment. The archivists at CERN are having a hard time identifying everybody and everything in the photos and have started calling on the public to write in with the names of any as yet unidentified people, equipment and experiments.
I've spent the last few days sorting through the huge collection of photos to pick out the best, weirdest and most retro ones uploaded so far.
The top photo was the cover photo of the CERN Courier in April of 1973. It was taken during radiation testing of the COS-B satellite at the Proton Synchrotron. [March 1973]
Scientists operate the Super Proton Synchrotron from its control console. [December 1973]
bubble chamber used to detect particle trails. [December 1964]
guide charged particle beams. [June 1973]
Large Hadron Collider. [February 1974]
Intersecting Storage Rings machine. It was a particle collider that proved the effectiveness of smashing particles like protons and neutrons together and laid the groundwork for LHC. [April 1973]
Synchrocyclotron. [November 1964]
Big European Bubble Chamber or BEBC. [January 1971]
Intersecting Storage Ring experiment near the Swiss border. [August 1973]
Proton Synchrotron. [July 1965]
Online Mass Spectrometer isn't really much of a room. [May 1967]