Fermilab's 50th Is June 15 — How You Can Wish It a 'Happy Birthday'

Fermilab’s 50th Is June 15 — How You Can Wish It a ‘Happy Birthday’

Groundbreaking for the Main Ring in 1969

They say life begins at 50. If that’s true, Fermilab is just getting started.

On June 15, the first employees of what was then called the National Accelerator Laboratory reported to work, signaling the start of five decades of world-class science.

Fermilab is celebrating its birthday in a number of ways, including a virtual party on social media. (Follow Fermilab on Facebook and Twitter for more information.)

If you’d like to wish Fermilab a happy birthday, you can send a card or join Thunderclap online.

You can also check out a running list of 50 Fermilab discoveries and innovations, which will be updated daily until our birthday. And finally, be sure to save the date for our huge public Open House on Sept. 23. Everyone is welcome! We’re thrilled to hit this significant milestone and looking forward to the next 50 years.

Fermi’s Upcoming Events

June 5 — Angela Gonzales art exhibit opening reception

Fermilab founding director Robert Wilson hand-picked artist Angela Gonzales to help create a visual identity for Fermilab. “A Lasting Mark: Artist Angela Gonzales at Fermilab, 1967-1998” showcases her bold, inspiring work over 31 years at the lab. The exhibit will run from June 1 to Sept. 30.

June 7 — 50th Anniversary Symposium and Reception

This daylong symposium will highlight 50 years of discovery made possible by Fermilab’s facilities, technology and people. It will also look ahead to the lab’s bright future at the forefront of physics and innovation. The day will conclude with a special reception.

June 8 — 50th Annual Users Meeting

For 50 years, Fermilab’s users and employees have converged at the lab annually to discuss the latest physics results from the laboratory’s experimental and theory programs. Topics to be covered at the Users Meeting include the state of the laboratory, collider physics, astroparticle physics, neutrino physics and muon physics. The presentation of the URA Thesis Award and a young scientists’ poster session will round out the meeting.

SOURCE: Fermilab news release and website