Archives of Luciano Maiani (1941-), Director-General of CERN from 1999 to 2003

Identity Statement [Top]

Reference code(s)

CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-01-001 to 17-019


Archives of Luciano Maiani (1941-), Director-General of CERN from 1999 to 2003


1974 to 2004

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

285 boxes; 684 Items; 32 linear metres

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Luciano Maiani

Administrative or biographical history

Luciano Maiani was born in Rome on 16 July 1941. He obtained a degree in physics in 1964, then became a research associate at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. During that same year he collaborated with R. Gatto's Theoretical Physics group at the University of Florence. In 1969 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Lyman Laboratory of Physics, Harvard University, then a Professor at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Rome in 1976. He was visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, in 1977, and at CERN during 1979-80 and 1985-86.

He became professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Rome, "La Sapienza" in 1984, and from January 1993 to December 1998 he was President of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN). He was a member of CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron Committee (*?-1983), Large Hadron Collider Committee (*1992-?) and Scientific Policy Committee (*dates). From 1993 to 1996 he served as part of the Italian to the CERN Council before becoming President from January 1997 to December 1998. In 1999 he was appointed Director-General of CERN until the end of 2003, replacing Christopher Llewellyn Smith. He became President of Italy’s National Research Council (CNR) in 2008. Awards he has received include the 1987 ‘J. Sakurai’ Prize of the American Physical Society and the 2007 Dirac Medal (with John Iliopoulos).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Director-General's office

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

These documents represent the filing system of Luciano Maiani during his period as Director-General of CERN. They cover all aspects of CERN's activities, and include:

  • relations with the Delegations and other collaborations,
  • relations with the management and committees,
  • personnel matters,
  • health and safety. Finance. Research
  • conferences and visits
  • correspondence

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Approximately 1 linear metres of material comprising copies of Council and other Committee documents (CC, FC, SPC,) were destroyed.


No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The records have been divided into 17 major groups.

01 Directorate meetings CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-01-001 to 222
02 Management board CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-02-001 to 053
03 Host States CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-03-001 to 005
04 Member States CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-04-001 to 028
05 Non-Member States and Observer CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-05-001 to 030
External collaboration
(HEP Laboratories, organizations & industries)
CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-06-001 to 045
07 Council and Committees CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-07-001 to 020
08 Scientific committees CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-08-001 to 048
09 Management CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-09-001 to 045
10 Personnel and users CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-10-001 to 043
11 Research CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-11-001 to 010
12 Health and safety CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-12-001 to 008
13 Finance CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-13-001 to 019
14 Events and visits CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-14-001 to 040
15 Conferences and talks CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-15-001 to 021
16 Correspondence CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-16-001 to 028
17 Miscellaneous CERN-ARCH-DG-LM-17-001 to 019

Conditions of access and use [Top]

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, French and also in Italian.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes.

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 6th July 2012.