Italian the first female head of CERN

November 5, 2014 6:19 AM

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Geneva - Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti was chosen on Tuesday to head the CERN particle physics research centre that houses the giant LHC “Big Bang” machine, making her the first woman nominated to lead a top global scientific institution in the field.

Gianotti, who won world attention in 2012 for her leadership role in CERN's discovery of the long-sought “Higgs boson”, will take up the post in January 2016 as scientists there look to new findings on the origin and make-up of the universe.

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