Wilson's Vision

in Fermilab

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226346236
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226346250 | DOI:
Wilson's Vision

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This chapter discusses Robert R. Wilson's vision for the National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois. It explains that Wilson's aesthetics called for clean, bold, frugal, and functional components, harmoniously combined. It also states that Wilson's self-image was composed of three distinct yet related personae: the pioneer who pushed frontiers, the craftsman or engineer who made things work, and the Renaissance man. Even though many aspects of the particle accelerator laboratory's design were suggested by others, its special character reflected Wilson's values. This chapter also discusses Wilson's leadership style.

Keywords: Robert R. Wilson; National Accelerator Laboratory; Illinois; self-image; particle accelerator laboratory; leadership style

Chapter.  11015 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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