Michel Spiro (69y), former President of CERN Council (2010-2012), is now Emeritus Research Director at CEA, President of the French Physical Society and President Designate of IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics).
His initial research in particle physics led him to participate in the discovery of intermediary W and Z bosons (UA1 experiment). He then became involved in the study of particles from the cosmos and participated in the Gallex experiment for the detection of solar neutrinos and the brown dwarf experiment that then evolved into the one of the first microlensing project in the world, which he was leading, for the search for dark matter (Eros). He was awarde the Felix Robin Prize by the Frencg Physical Society.
He was promoted to the position of director of the Particle Physics Section of DAPNIA (Astrophysics, Nuclear and Particle Physics Department in CEA) in 1991 and led the section until 1999. He took over the leadership of DAPNIA in 2002. From 2003 to 2010 he was appointed Director of IN2P3 (National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics) in CNRS. Beginning of 2010, he was elected President of CERN Council for a period of 3 years. He is “Chevalier dans l’ordre de la Légion d’honneur” and “Officier dans l’Ordre du Mérite”.