history

In the 1990s, Tim Meyer was a summer research student at Fermilab. He recalls how he called the lab with a critical, career-cementing question before his first day of work.

After World War II, physicists developed proton accelerators to understand matter and forces on a subnuclear scale. Rival proposals to build a giant machine on the east or west coasts lost out to a proposal by Bob Wilson for a cheaper design at a new laboratory in the Midwest.

Road trip

Anxious for the safe arrival of the long-awaited vessel that would house the MicroBooNE particle detector, scientists Bonnie Fleming and Gina Rameika decide not to sit around and wait for it. Instead, they get in a car and head into neighboring towns to look for a big, school-bus-sized object being hauled by a truck.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. in One West, Fermilab’s Victor Yarba will present a colloquium on the 45 years of collaboration between Fermilab and USSR/Russian scientists Since day one, when the Main Ring at Fermilab was put in operation in 1972, Soviet scientists were deeply involved in joint experiments. Over the years, hundreds of Soviet and Russian physicists participated in research at Fermilab, and this cooperation continues now on muon and neutrino experiments. USSR/Russian laboratories provided major parts… More »

Fermilab artist Angela Gonzales was not only a visionary who helped create the visually striking laboratory environment many know today, but she was also a warm, kind-hearted spirit whose friendship meant a great deal to laboratory archivist and historian Adrienne Kolb.