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March 14, 2017

What is CERN?

CBR looks at the birthplace of the World Wide Web and the Large Hadron Collider.

By Ellie Burns

CERN is a European research organisation which boasts the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

Derived from the name “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire” and established in 1954, CERN is based in Geneva. The main function of CERN is to provide particle accelerators and other infrastructure required for high-energy physics research.

One of CERN’s biggest claims to fame includes being the birthplace of the World Wide Web. In 1989, the World Wide Web started life as a CERN project named ENQUIRE, initiated by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Based on the hypertext concept, the project was intended to enable the sharing of information among researchers.

What is the Large Hadron Collider?

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