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A Spark of Brilliance:
Robert Van de Graff

This “spark “started one of the most amazing machines ever imagined on earth – the Van de Graff generator. This is the story of a teenage boy, Robert Van de Graff, who wanted to play football. When he broke his leg on the football field, though, he spent a lot of time in bed – and began reading about science. He studied physics and made important discoveries about protons and electrons that led to the Van de Graff generator that, in turn, led to the present day particle generator in Switzerland known as The Large Hadron Collider.

And it all started with a 16 year old boy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who broke his leg on the football field -- and became interested in science.

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