The foundation of CERN
The birth of CERN, Europe’s particle physics laboratory, from a post-World War 2 vision to the construction of its first particle accelerator.
CTR Wilson’s cloud chamber
CTR Wilson’s fascination with clouds helped reveal the hidden subatomic world and was responsible for some of the great finds in 20th-century physics.
JJ Thomson and the first particle
JJ Thomson's investigations into cathode rays lead him to be the first to discover a sub-atomic particle, the electron.
Videos: History of particles
Watch our videos and find out how particles were discovered