Making a Difference

State-of-the-art laboratories and teaching rooms made possible through a bequest from an eminent physicist

In September 2012 new state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching rooms were opened. The £3million laboratories and teaching rooms’ refurbishment was made possible through the University’s capital programme, the College of Science, and a generous bequest made to the Physics Department by Dr Gething Morgan Lewis FRSE, an eminent physicist who grew up in Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley and was educated at Brecon College.

Dr Lewis, who passed away in February 2009, worked on radar during WWII and in the 1960s was one of the pioneers of the experimental particle physics group at the University of Glasgow, where he continued to work until his retirement as senior lecturer in 1979. Through his particle physics research, Dr Lewis had close links with CERN and was a Fellow of The Royal Society Edinburgh.

Physics Labs OpeningOne of Swansea University’s most distinguished graduates returned to his alma mater to officially open the laboratories and teaching rooms. Professor Lyn Evans CBE FRS, who led the international project to build the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, graduated from Swansea University with a first class degree in Physics in 1966 and his PhD in 1970.

Professor Evans, who was made an Honorary Fellow of the University in 2002, said, “It is an honour to be asked to open the College’s new laboratories and teaching facilities, at the University where I myself studied as an undergraduate student and began my own physics research and career path – a path which eventually led me to CERN and the opportunity to work on one of the world’s largest and most exciting experiments with the LHC.

“I sincerely hope this investment in the learning and teaching of Swansea’s current and future physicists will reap great rewards.”