Fabiola Gianotti, new head of CERN, represents a new breed of scientist..

GENEVA—Fabiola Gianotti, who last week took the helm at CERN, home to the world’s largest particle accelerator, is seen as a new breed of scientist. Initially trained in arts and literature, she came to physics relatively late. She enjoys cooking, jogging, music and keeping her eye on the news, and notes the importance of being “a citizen of the world.”

Gianotti “embodies for me what’s much more the millennium physicist,” said Dr. Monica Dunford, senior scientist at Germany’s University of Heidelberg, who spent six years at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research.

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