Archives of Juergen May

Identity Statement [Top]

Reference code(s)

CERN-ARCH-MAY-001 to 018


Archives of Juergen May


November 1997 to December 2003

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

13 Boxes, 18 items, 2 linear meters

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Juergen May

Biographical history

Juergen May studied at the University of Tübigen (Germany) where he obtained his diploma in physics in 1967.

From 1967 to 1975 he worked at DESY Institute on electron scattering experiments. He left DESY in 1975 to become an applied physicist at CERN, joigning the WA1 experiment team, also known as the CDHS experiment (CERN-Dortmund-Heildelberg-Saclay), the first neutrino experiment on the SPS accelerator, led by Jack Steinberger.

In 1978 he was appointed as SPS physics coordinator.

May joined the ALEPH collaboration (LEP experiment), in 1982, and was responsible for the R&D, construction and running in of the Time Projection Chamber (TPC). Between 1990 to 1995 he was a member of the board of directors at DESY. Back at CERN in 1995, he became technical coordinator for ALEPH and LHCb (LHC experiments).

In 1997 he was appointed leader of the Information Technology (IT) division and in 1999 he became Technical Director of CERN, a post he held until 2003.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

DG Offices, Myriam Veyrat, May 2014

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

This record group covers the period 1997-2003 when May was leader of IT division, then CERN Technical Director.

He was responsible for the main activities of the technical divisions (ST, TIS and EST) during the period of LEP dismantling and LHC construction (civil engineering, technical infrastructure, etc.).

He was also responsible for the technical computing and CERN computing infrastructure, radioactive waste management and the enforcement of environmental and radiation-protection practices.

The collection contains various documents on the INB procedure (Installations Nucléaires de Base), environmental issues, projects for roads and carparks, correspondence with DRIRE (Direction Régionale de l’Industrie, de la Recherche et de l'Environnement) and OPRI (Office de Protection contre les Rayonnements Ionisants) and files about relations with Member and Host States, and with the CERN internal audit and technology transfer services.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The original order has been preserved.

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, some in French and German

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, 30th June 2018.