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Dr Lyn Evans CBE FInstP FLSW FRSDr Lyn Evans is a Welsh scientist who is the project leader of the CERN, Switzerland-based Large Hadron Collider.

Born and raised in Aberdare, Dr Evans was educated at Aberdare Boys' Grammar School, where he developed an interest in physics and graduated in 1969 from Swansea University. He was made an honorary fellow of the University of Wales, Swansea in 2002 and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Glamorgan in July 2010.

He went to CERN initially as a research fellow, having previous visited the establishment in 1969 as a visitor and since 1994 has been involved in the planning of the project which would become the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). On December 11, 2012, he was awarded the 2012 Special Fundamental Physics Prize.

His role in the LHC gives him a global pre-eminence: the LHC is the highest-energy particle collider ever made and is considered as "one of the great engineering milestones of mankind, with the aim of allowing physicists to test the predictions of different theories of particle physics and high-energy physics, and particularly prove or disprove the existence of the theorized Higgs particles and of the large family of new particles predicted by supersymmetric theories.

The LHC is expected to address some of the unsolved questions of physics, advancing human understanding of physical laws.