Michel Spiro

PCCP Permanent Researcher

Michel Spiro, 66, was elected in January 2010 President of the CERN Council, the highest authority of this institution, a position he held until 2012. He is now a Scientific Advisor at CEA, AERES Scientific Delegate, President of the ORIGINS Association, member of the Paris Center for Cosmological Physics. He is involved and presides over numerous scientific committees.

Former student of the Ecole Polytechnique, Michel Spiro receives his science doctorate in Saclay, CEA, which he joined in 1970.

His early research in particle physics leads him to participate to the discovery of the W and Z bosons (UA1 experiment). He then studies cosmic particles in participating to the Gallex experiment for the detection of solar neutrinos and, as a spokesperson, in the experiment searching for dark objects (Eros).

The quality of his research earned him numerous awards. He is a Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor and Officer in the Order of Merit. Along with his scientific activities, Michel Spiro teaches as professor at the École Polytechnique from 1983 to 1999, and then, in the DEA for Theoretical Physics in Paris. He was President of the Scientific Committee for experiments at LEP (Large Electron Positron Collider at CERN) from 1998 to 2001 before becoming in 2002 head of DAPNIA (Department of Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Associated Instrumentation) at CEA, then Director of IN2P3 (National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics) at CNRS and French Scientific Delegate at the CERN Council from 2003 until late 2009.


Main publications:

Experimental Observation of Isolated Large Transverse Energy Electrons with Associated Missing Energy at s**(1/2) = 540-GeV.
UA1 Collaboration (G. Arnison et al.). Feb 1983. 31 pp.
Published in Phys.Lett. B122 (1983) 103-116

Experimental Observation of Lepton Pairs of Invariant Mass Around 95-GeV/c**2 at the CERN SPS Collider.
UA1 Collaboration (G. Arnison et al.). Jul 1983. 32 pp.
Published in Phys.Lett. B126 (1983) 398-410

Experimental Particle Physics Without Accelerators.
J. Rich, D. Lloyd Owen, M. Spiro (Saclay). 1987. 126 pp.
Published in Phys.Rept. 151 (1987) 239-364

Search for superheavy hydrogen in sea water.
M. Spiro, B. Pichard, J. Rich, J.P. Soirat, S. Zylberajch (DAPNIA, Saclay), G. Grynberg, F. Trehin, P. Verkerk, Pierre Fayet (Ecole Normale Superieure), M.E. Goldberg (Pasteur Inst., Paris). 1990.
Published in In *Les Arcs 1990, Proceedings, New and exotic phenomena '90* 489-498

GALLEX solar neutrino observations: The Results from GALLEX-I and early results from GALLEX-II.
GALLEX Collaboration (P. Anselmann (Heidelberg, Max Planck Inst.) et al.). Sep 1993. 28 pp.
Published in Phys.Lett. B314 (1993) 445-458

Evidence for gravitational microlensing by dark objects in the galactic halo. EROS collaboration
E. Aubourg, P. Bareyre, S. Brehin, M. Gros, M. Lachieze-Rey, B. Laurent, E. Lesquoy, C. Magneville, A. Milsztain, L. Moscoso (DAPNIA, Saclay) et al.. Oct 1993. 3 pp.
Published in Nature 365 (1993) 623-625



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