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Ref No IE TCD MS 10657
Title The papers of Ernest Walton
Creation Dates 1918-1993
Level Of Description Collection
Author Walton, Ernest Thomas Sinton (1903-1995)
Admin Biographical History Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton was born in Dungarvan. Co. Waterford. he graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1926; he received his PhD from Cambridge in 1931 and then returned to the Department of Physics in Trinity College in 1934. In 1948 he was appointed Erasmus Smith Professor of Natural and Experimental Science in Trinity. In 1951 he, and his colleague in Cambridge, John Cockcroft, were awarded the Nobel prize in physics for the work they had done in the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in the 1930s. Working under the supervision of Ernest Rutherford they successfully split the atom.
In 1934 ETSW married Freda Wilson whom he had met when they were both pupils in Methodist College Belfast.
Scope And Content The collection contains research and lecture notes both from under-and postgraduate studies and from Walton's own lectures and research in Trinity. There is correspondence relating to his work, papers relating to his running of the Physis Department in Trinity. There are also personal papers. There are photographs and objects. Also included is some material (diaries and lectures notes) by Freda Walton.
Document 10657Walton list.pdf
Access Conditions Please contact mscripts@tcd.ie. Some of the personal material may ony be consulted with the permission of the Walton family.
Copyright Please contact mscripts@tcd.ie
Mgt Group Scientific
Related Material TCD MSS 10386-93 Walton's student notebooks
TCD MS 11358 supplementary papers. Uncatalogued
There are notebooks in the Cavendish Laboratory Cambridge. They may be consulted in Trinity College Library on microfilm Non TCD Mic 42.
Public Note McBrierty, Vincent J, Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton: the Irish scientist (1903-1995) (Dublin: Trinity College Press and the Physics Department, Trinity College Dublin, 2003)
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