50th anniversary

Curtis Danner joined Fermilab on his birthday, two days after graduating from high school, in June 1970. He worked on bubble chamber film analysis when he started and quickly became a jack of all trades.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, come check out PechaKucha Night Batavia at Fermilab! PechaKucha is a fun, informal gathering where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts in the PechaKucha format: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. The theme for Feb. 16 is “The Tiniest Things Matter.” Tickets are $6.50. The featured talks are below. Look it over: You might recognize a Fermilab friend or colleague among them! Maddie Bozik “Charity, High School, and a Bus. Oh My!” Anadi… More »

Roger Dixon, longtime Fermilab accelerator scientist, tells the story of a young summer student’s naive, bungled encounter with a Fermilab VIP in the 1970s.

As we enter the second month of Fermilab’s 50th year, we look back on Robert Wilson assuming the lab’s first directorship and revisit the lab’s first experiment, along with other memorable milestones.

Fermilab’s Family Open House is a chance for the whole family to spend an afternoon learning about science in a hands-on way and have fun doing it. This year’s event will mark Fermilab’s 50th anniversary with a new show and several activities for kids and their parents to enjoy.

Bruce Chrisman, Fermilab scientist emeritus and former chief operating officer for the laboratory, tells the story of how Fermilab came to be the first Department of Energy laboratory with a daycare center on site.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, come check out PechaKucha Night Batavia at Fermilab! PechaKucha is a fun, informal gathering where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts in the PechaKucha format: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. The theme for Feb. 16 is “The Tiniest Things Matter.” Tickets are $6.50. The featured talks are below. Look it over: You might recognize a Fermilab friend or colleague among them! Maddie Bozik “Charity, High School, and a Bus. Oh My!” Anadi… More »

Fermilab’s beginnings can be traced to a 1963 report by a panel of U.S. scientists led by Norman Ramsey. In the 50 years since, Fermilab has grown to a laboratory of 1,800 employees, and scientists from 44 countries come to Fermilab to participate in its forefront particle physics programs.