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Belfast's Greatest Scientist?

Belfast's Greatest Scientist?
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Learn about the life and genius of Belfast's most famous physicist, John Stewart Bell (1928-1990). This school event will explore some of the legacy of the great CERN physicist and his relationship with the city. Bell, who hailed from modest roots in Belfast, paid his way through college (in the very building this event takes place in!), and eventually established himself at CERN where he worked on particle accelerators, and ultimately proved the great Albert Einstein wrong!

Learn about how he did it in this talk by Belfast-born CERN scientist Michael Davis, with contributions from prize-winning Belfast author Lucy Caldwell.

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Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, two collections of short stories (Multitudes, 2016, and Intimacies, forthcoming in May 2020), and is the editor of the anthology Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019). Awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award, the Walter Scott Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Imison Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Irish Writers’ and Screenwriters’ Guild Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award (Canada & Europe), the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize Readers’ Choice Award, a Fiction Uncovered Award, a K. Blundell Trust Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Lucy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. She was previously shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award in 2012.

Michael Davis is a computer scientist and software engineer working for CERN. He holds a BSc in Computer Science (from Brunel University, London), an MSc in Computer and Electronic Security and a PhD in Data Science (both conferred by Queen’s University, Belfast). In 2017, Michael joined the Storage and Data Management group in CERN’s IT department, where he now leads the team responsible for the long-term archival storage of the physics data. Michael’s greatest accomplishment is reading stories to his children every night. Now that they are all grown up, he is very happy to collaborate on creating a brand new story.

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