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An arduous journey to global experiment

Kendrapara: From the dusty pot-holed lanes of obscure Kamarakhandi village in Kendrapara district to the European Nuclear Research Organisation in Geneva, Prafulla Behera’s journey has been arduous and uphill.

Overcoming poor economic background and lack of scope for higher studies, Behera made it to the coveted group of scientists who participated in the world’s biggest-ever experiment to recreate Big Bang last year.

Indian contribution

“Over 2,000 scientists from across world were part of the experiment to recreate the massive collision that had led to the formation of earth millions of years ago.

India had contributed immensely to it as more than 100 scientists and researchers were actively involved in the project,” Behera, now on a visit to his ancestral village, said here on Sunday.

“I feel proud that my services were sought for the much awaited global experiment,” he added.

“I was in the atlas detector room during the historic event on September 20, 2008. It was an exiting moment we and the world were waiting for,” he recalled.

‘Wild speculation’

Criticising those who had accused that a massive black hole might be created from the experiment, he said, “It was simply wild speculation.

The experiment has proved them wrong”. Behera is now working as an assistant research scientist at the University of IOWA at Geneva and would shortly leave for the city. - PTI

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