In 1954, the Netherlands were a founding member of CERN, together with 11 other European countries. Ever since Dutch researchers have maintained a high profile at CERN as witnessed, for example, by the 1984 Nobel prize in Physics awarded to Simon van der Meer for his decisive contributions to the discovery of the W and Z bosons at CERN’s SPS proton-antiproton collider. Dutch physicist Cornelis Bakker served as CERN-Director General from 1955-1960.
Since 1975, experimental particle physics research in the Netherlands has been coordinated and supported by the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics, Nikhef, a partnership between the Institutes Organisation of the Dutch Research Council (NWO-I) and the six universities: Maastricht University, Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
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