A glamorous interlude at CERN

Another day, another celebrity-spotting at CERN! The latest: American singer Belinda Carlisle.


As lead singer of one the world’s most popular female bands – The Go-Go’s – and with a successful solo career of her own – with hit tracks like “Heaven is a Place on Earth” – Belinda Carlisle is a household name. While her dedication to music has brought her fame, it hasn’t lessened her enthusiasm for other topics. “I’ve always had an interest in science,” she explained. “I did pretty well in it at school, and I’ve also been reading a lot of quantum physics books lately.” So when Patrick Geeraert, former Head of CERN’s Finance Department and current Head of Administration at ESO, invited her to visit the Laboratory, she said yes.

Belinda arrived at CERN on 27 July, and visited SM18, the CCC and the ATLAS visitor centre. She was also given a tour of the LEIR and AD facilities, guided by Michael Doser, AEgIS spokesperson and PH-SME group leader. “I’ve had a great time; I mean my mind is blown,” said Belinda, “I’m completely exhausted from my visit, I’ve been stretching my brain so much!”

After a full day exploring the CERN site, Belinda was still eager for more. “I can’t wait to come back,” she said, upon concluding her visit. So keep your eyes peeled for roaming celebrities, and let us know if you spot any return visitors!

by Katarina Anthony