Early Accelerator Builders at the University of Illinois

By Celia Elliott
September 6, 2018


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has had a distinguished record in developing accelerators for both nuclear/particle physics experiments as well as for the many applications thereof outside of subatomic physics per-se.  Donald Kerst built the world’s first betatron here in 1941, but, 5 years earlier Gerald Kruger and his students built the world’s third cyclotron and the first outside of Berkeley.  The Department’s historian, Celia Elliott, has put together a terrific article from the archives outlining these developments and the people who made them possible.