Name of creator
Miss E.W.D. Steel
Ella Wentworth Dyne Steel (“Miss Steel”) arrived at CERN in 1955 after career in refugee work with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and the International Refugee Organization (IRO). Her first task, as a Divisional Administrative Offiecer, was to ensure good administrative practice in the Proton Synchrotron (PS) Division directed by John Adams.
In 1961, she was appointed by John Adams, by then acting Director-General, to lead the newly created the Scientific Conference Secretariat, unit. During her mandate the SCS organized 39 Conferences and 10 schools of physics, and was also ‘loaned’ to laboratories in other countries to help with their conferences and schools. She acquired an international reputation for this work and CERN became the first physics laboratory in Europe to possess a specialized unit of this kind.
In 1971 she left the SCS to assist Charles Peyrou, the leader of the Track Chambers (TC) Division. A large part of her work involved the compilation of a list of reports from laboratories worldwide on the experiments carried out at CERN : Yellow reports CERN-76-02 and CERN-76-02-Add.1. It took four years to collect and list around 1,000 reports. She retired from CERN in September 1976, but was called back to organize the inauguration of the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) in May 1977, which was attended by 3,000 participants.
She continued her interest in travel and her work as a hospital volunteer during her retirement, and spent ten years assembling the archives of the English Church in Geneva and writing its history. She was awarded the MBE in 1973 and died in 2001.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Miss E.W.D. Steel, January 1986
Scope and content
The collection contains minutes, proposals, letters of intent and lists of publication of scientific committees:
• Electronic Experiments Committee (EEC) and Physics I Committee (PH-I-COM),
• Emulsion Committee (EmC) and Physics III Committee (PH-III-COM)
• Nuclear Physics Committee (NPRC),
• Track Chambers Committee (TCC), including list of proposals and approved experiments
• Super Proton Synchrotron Committee (SPSC,
• Intersecting Storage Rings Committee (ISRC).
It also contains reports and list of publications of Theory (TH), Track Chambers (TC) and Nuclear Physics (NP) divisions and Gargamelle Users meeting minutes, BEBC (Big European bubble Chamber) and HBC200 (Hydrogen Bubble Chamber 2 m) Internal reports, ECFA working groups’ documents between 1971 to 1973.
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.
Listed to file level in the CERN Archive Database.