Frederick Bordry (Switzerland)

The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member; The CERN Director of Accelerators and Technology.

Frederick Bordry is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Electronique, d’Electrotechnique, d’Informatique et d’Hydraulique in Toulouse, France, with a PhD in engineering and another in science (Doctorat d’Etat) from the Institut Nationale Polytechnique, also in Toulouse. He spent the first ten years of his career teaching and conducting research at these two institutes. He worked two years in Brazil (1979-1981) as professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis). In 1981, he was appointed senior lecturer at the Institut Nationale Polytechnique.

He came to CERN in 1986, joining the group working on power converters for LEP. In 1988 he moved to the Operations Group as engineer in charge of the SPS and LEP. In 1994, the year that the LHC was approved, he joined the Power Converter Group as the head of power converters design and construction for the LHC. He was appointed leader of the Power Converter Group in 2002 ( 70 permanent staff), a position he held until December 2008. In 2008 he was also the deputy head of the Accelerators and Beams Department ( 400 permanent staff). In 2009, Frederick Bordry was promoted to Head of the CERN Technology Department ( 400 permanent staff) — responsible for technologies specific to existing particle accelerators, facilities and future projects – where he has remained until 2013. In the years 2014 and 2015 he acted as the CERN Director of Accelerators and Technology ( 2100 people including 1250 permanent staff), responsible for the operation and exploitation of the whole CERN accelerator complex, with particular emphasis on the LHC and for the development of new projects and technologies. In 2015 he was re-appointed CERN’s Director for Accelerators and Technology by the CERN council for a 5 year mandate.


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