Name of creator
Mervyn G. N. Hine
Born on 26th May 1920 in Berkhamstead, England, Mervyn Hine went to King’s College, Cambridge, at the age of 16 to study physics, and was awarded a 1st class degree after only two years. During the Second World War, he worked on radar research in the United Kingdom with John Adams, who was later Director-General of CERN. After the war he completed his doctorate at King’s College and afterwards carried out pioneering work on particle accelerators at Harwell Laboratory. In 1953 he and Adams moved to Geneva to work at CERN, where he played a leading role in the design, construction and commissioning of the Proton Synchrotron (PS).
In 1961, Hine became Director of Applied Physics. Between 1963 and 1968 he designed and implemented CERN’s Functional Programme Presentation (FPP), a high-level planning instrument with a formal 4-year rolling procedure. This helped to convince CERN’s Member States to fund three CERN programmes simultaneously, including the ISR (Intersecting Storage Rings), which was regarded as “unwise” by laboratories in the United States.
From 1964 to 1971, he supervised CERN’s computer development and arranged for CERN to receive one of the first CDC 6600 supercomputers, after long discussions with the American designer, Seymour Cray. He also helped to develop the CERN pension scheme.
After serving as Director of Applied Physics (1961 - 1965), Director of the 300 GeV Lab Project (1966 - 1968) and Director of the Department of Applied Physics (1966 - 1971), Hine ceased to serve as a Director in 1971. He then joined the Data Handling Division (DD) and worked on several projects, such as the launch and development of CERNET, a fast file transfer service between a number of mainframes and minicomputers, and the STELLA satellite project, interconnecting the laboratories of CERN, DESY, Pisa, Rutherford and Saclay via associated computer centres.
He retired from CERN in May 1985.
* Sources: CERN Bulletin 17th May 2004
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Mervyn G. N. Hine, CERN
Scope and content
This collection includes:
• Minutes, reports and notes
• Correspondence and chronofiles
• Files about the Proton Synchrotron (PS)
• Files about computing and communications including the Satellite Transmission Experiment Linking LAboratories (STELLA) project
• Documents on the CERN pension fund
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 or French, but some also in German. A few documents are written in Italian, Dutch or Russian.
Listed to file level in the CERN Archive Database.