Archives of Hans Falk Hoffmann

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Archives of Hans Falk Hoffmann


Jan 1989 to Oct 2003

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Extent of the unit of description

87 Boxes, 102 items, 10 linear meters

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Name of creator

Hans Falk Hoffmann

Administrative history

Hoffmann studied physics at the Physics Institute of the University of Bonn (Germany). After obtaining his diploma and completing his thesis in 1972, he started work at CERN as a physicist in the ISR-Experimental support group (led by Franco Bonaudi) as a liaison physicist for the Split Field Magnet Facility (SFM) and also for experiments R105 (Measurement of high transverse momentum charged particles) and R702 (Search for Charmed Particles and Electron Pairs at the ISR). He participated in the ISR Long Range Planning Group on future colliders like LSR (Large Storage Ring project), LSR e-p, CHEEP (CERN Energy Electron-Proton facility).

In 1976 he worked on the proposal and realization of the monopole experiment R109 (Search for Magnetic Monopoles Using the Superconducting Solenoid) at the ISR.

In 1978 he was appointed as technical coordinator of the UA1 experiment.

From 1985 to 1989 he was a member of the DESY directorate (Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, Hamburg) responsible for central technical services including computing. In 1990 he became a member of the CERN Directorate, responsible for technical support until 1993.

In 1994 he was technical co-ordinator of ATLAS Collaboration.

In 1999 Hoffmann was appointed as Director for Technology Transfer and Scientific Computing (1999-2003), responsible for establishing Technology Transfer and Outreach at CERN and for the computing infrastructure for the LHC experimental programme, the LHC Computing Grid.

He engaged in many projects, such as the EU DataGrid, Crossgrid, DataTAG and EGEE (European Grid Infrastructure) and was member of ESTA, the European Science and Technology Assembly.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Veyrat Myriam in May 2014

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Scope and content

This record group covers the period between 1989 to 2003 when Hoffmann was Director for Administration and Technologies Tasks and then Director for Technology Transfer and Scientific Computing at CERN.

It contains agreements, minutes, and memoranda of understanding (MoU), invitations, reports and notes. Most of these documents concern Hadron Therapy, DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), ESTA (European Science and Technology Assembly), Energy Amplifier, AKE (ArbeitsKreis Energie), TAB (Technology Advisory Board), ETT (Education and Technology Transfer Division), relations with CERN Member States and Non-Member State.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The original order has been preserved.

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Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English, some in French and German, and a few in other languages.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

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Archivist's note

Description prepared by Céline Strub.

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 14th August 2018