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Biography

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Ernest Walton

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Dates

October 6, 1903 – June 25, 1995

Authorized Form of Name

Walton, Ernest, 1903-1995

Additional Forms of Names

Walton, E. T. S., 1903-1995

Walton, Ernest T. S., 1903-1995

Biography

Abstract

Ernest T. S. Walton was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1951 with John Cockcroft "for their pioneer work on the transmutation of atomic nuclei by artificially accelerated atomic particles." Walton was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Cambridge and held positions at those universities throughout his career.

Important Dates

October 6, 1903Birth, Dungarvan (Waterford, Ireland).

1926Obtained BSc in Physics, Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland).

1927Research fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England).

1927Obtained MSc in Physics, Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland).

1930Awarded the Senior Research Award, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.

1931Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England).

1932 – 1934Awarded Clerk Maxwell Scholarship, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

1934 – 1974Fellow (1934); Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy (1946); and Senior Fellow (1960), Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland).

1938Awarded the Hughes Medal, Royal Society.

1951Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics with John Cockcroft "for their pioneer work on the transmutation of atomic nuclei by artificially accelerated atomic particles".

June 25, 1995Death, Belfast (Northern Ireland).

Occupation

Atomic physcist.

Places

Birth

Dungarvan (Waterford, Ireland)

Undergraduate Education

Dublin (Ireland)

Graduate Education

Dublin (Ireland)

Cambridge (England)

Employment

Dublin (Ireland)

Death

Belfast (Northern Ireland)

Subjects

Atomic and molecular physics.

Nuclear reactions.

Particle acceleration.

Particle physics.

Radioactivity.

Relationships

People

Family

Walton, Alan J.

Son.

Advisors & Collaborators

Cockcroft, John, Sir, 1897-1967

Awarded 1951 Nobel Prize in Physics with Cockcroft "for their pioneer work on the transmutation of atomic nuclei by artificially accelerated atomic particles."

Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937

Advisor at University of Cambridge.

Additional

Blewett, John P. (John Paul), 1910-

Cathcart, Brian

Evans, Robley Dunglison, 1907-

Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976

Wilson, Charles Thomson Rees, 1869-1959

Institutions

Major Positions

Cavendish Laboratory (Cambridge, England)

Research Fellow and Clerk Maxwell Scholar.

Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)

Received BSc in physics (1926) and MSc in physics (1927). Fellow; Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy; and Senior Fellow.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (United Kingdom)

Awarded the Senior Research Award (1930).

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Awarded the Hughes Medal (1938).

University of Cambridge

Received PhD in Physics (1931).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

E. T. S. Walton papers, 1927-2005 (bulk 1927-1938).

Archives Centre

Churchill College

Cambridge CB3 0DS

Ernest Walton papers, 1921-circa 1980s.

Trinity College Library (Ireland)

College St. Dublin, Ireland

Lectures of Werner Heisenberg and E. T. S. Walton given at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in 1955 and 1968 respectively [sound recording]

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

The first penetration of nuclei by accelerated particles [sound recording] / 1969 August.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Alan J. Walton, 2014 May 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robley D. Evans, 1972 May 2, 3, 1974 May 5 and 1978 June 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Sir John Cockcroft, 1963 May 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Sir John Cockcroft, 1967 March 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Reminiscences about accelerators: Brookhaven lecture, 1980.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

Atomic Heritage Ernest Walton profile and biography.

Ernest Walton Nobel Prize biography.

The fly in the cathedral / Brian Cathcart.