The 70th Anniversary of Walton’s Nobel Prize
Seventy years ago on 10th December 1951, Trinity’s head of physics, E.T.S. Walton (1903-1995), received jointly with J.D. Cockcroft the Nobel Prize in Physics from the King of Sweden. On 14th April 1932 the two prize-winners, working in Ernest Rutherford’s Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, had split for the first time the atomic nucleus by artificial means. Walton was the first and for many years the only Irish recipient of a Nobel Prize in any of the sciences.
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