Edoardo Amaldi (1908 - 1989)
Doctor of Physics at the University of Rome, Eduardo Amaldi played a guiding role in the development of Italian nuclear physics and European collaboration.
He was one of the pioneers of CERN, holding the post of Secretary-General in the interim period of the Organization (1952-1954) before Felix Bloch succeeded him as CERN's first permanent Director-General in October 1954.
Returning to Rome in 1954, Edoardo Amaldi did not sever links with CERN. From 1957-1975 he was a member of the Scientific Policy Committee at CERN (Chairman from 1958-1960). He was a member of the CERN Council from 1960-1973 (Vice-President from 1960 -1962 and President from 1970-1971).
He also played a leading role in the study and preparation of the Intersecting Storage Rings and the 300 GeV Super Proton Synchrotron. He was Chairman of the 300 GeV Steering Group from 1968-1969.
He was a member of the CERN History Advisory Committee from 1980 until his death in 1989.