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From CNN, March 7, 2019: Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln tells the history of the start of the World Wide Web, which has its 30th anniversary this month. It started an unpublished manuscript by Tim Berners-Lee titled “Information Management: A Proposal,” was submitted to the publication office of CERN.

From CNN, Feb. 20, 2019: Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln celebrates the 150th anniversary of the invention of the periodic table of elements, which epitomizes our modern understanding of chemistry. Displayed on the wall of chemistry classrooms, it is a vast chart of over 100 elements — the chemical building blocks of every substance you’ve ever seen.

A pair of 1964 films detailing the construction of Stanford Linear Accelerator Center were recently remastered and are now available for viewing on YouTube. The films provide a fascinating look back at the origins of SLAC and the history of particle physics in the United States. At the time of the production, SLAC was the largest civilian basic science project ever undertaken in the United States.

Visit the display case in the Fermilab Art Gallery to view scientific journals from the 17th and 18th centuries. Photo: Valerie Higgins

In a new series of exhibits in the Fermilab Art Gallery, the Fermilab Archives will feature influential works loaned by the private collection of a Fermilab scientist. It kicks off with the current exhibit, which features works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Each display, which will rotate approximately once a month, will consist of several volumes illustrating a common theme in the evolution of physics.

On Dec. 2, 1988, a brand-new building was added to the Fermilab campus: the Feynman Computing Center. Its dedication coincided with the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the National Accelerator Laboratory, which was celebrated with a full slate of activities, including speeches, visits from consul generals, politicians and other officials, and a celebration in the atrium.

From Illinois Public Radio’s The 21st, Oct. 15, 2018: Fermilab archivist Valerie Higgins appears on Illinois Public Radio to talk about Enrico Fermi and Leon Lederman. Segment starts at 41:20