European Southern Observatory: ESO is a very interesting body at the moment given it is spending more than €1 billion to build the European-Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the largest telescope in the world when complete

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Werner Nahm: left California for a professorship at Bonn University, but then moved to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Photograph: Eric Luke

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 A file image of a photographer  taking pictures of the magnet core of the world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet  at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

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  A section of the Ara OB1 Stellar Association photographed by the European Southern Observatory whose senior counsellor for international relations Claus Madsen said:   “If Ireland wants to be part of the global research community it has to have access to some of these international facilities.” Photograph: ESO/PA Wire

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An inside view of a Large Hadron Collider magnet. Photograph: Richard Juilliart/AFP/Getty images

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 Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is seen in this picture sent to news media  by his kidnappers, before they murdered him. Photograph: CNN/Getty Images

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A proton-proton collision at the Cern particle collider. John Bell had a stellar physics career at the physics research centre and laboratory in Geneva, where he was officially focused on particle physics. Photograph: AP Photo/Cern

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