Name of creator
David Owen Williams
Born in 1944, David Owen Williams came to CERN from the University of Cambridge in 1966, with a degree in physics and a Masters in computer science to join the Documents and Data Handling Division (DD). He worked first on software for analysis of bubble chamber photographs. He subsequently led the group that supported experiments with 'hybrids' of bubble chambers and electronic detectors, and then the group supporting online computing in experiments.
He became deputy leader of DD in 1985 and then leader in 1989. In 1990 DD Division became Computing and Networks (CN) Division. He held this position until 1996.
He strongly supported the development of the Internet in Europe, not just as a tool for scientific research but also as a motor for Europe's overall economic development.
In 1996 CN division was discontinued. David Williams became coordinator of CERN's relations with the European Union (until 2006), in the Directorate Service Unit (DSU).
From 1999 to 2003, he was president of the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association (TERENA). He was also a member of various UK committees dealing with e-science and was chair of the e-Science Advisory Board of the UK's Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Valeria Pietropaolo in October 2007
Scope and content
The David Williams collection covers the period when he was coordinator of CERN's relations with the European Union. His mission was to coordinate the relations between CERN and the institutions of the European Union, and to overview the participation of CERN in various EU Programmes for scientific and technological cooperation.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Nothing was destroyed.
No further accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
The original order has been preserved.
Conditions governing access
See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.
Language / scripts of material
Most of the material is written in English and some in French.
Listed to file level in the CERN Archive Database.