Professor Ernest Walton

Ernest Walton shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Physics with John Cockcroft for their work in splitting the atom. In this interview, Walton recalls his work with Cockcroft in Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory and describes 'scrounging' for the materials to build their particle accelerator. Walton also remembers Sir Ernest Rutherford, who was director of the Cavendish and the man widely regarded as the father of nuclear physics.

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