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Splitting the atom

A Telegraph reader, Dr. Robert Pleaming, pointed out that Saturday, April 14th was the day seventy-five years ago when John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton split the atom at Cambridge, and started the nuclear era. I heard no mention of this anniversary on the BBC. However, I was not glued to the BBC every minute of the day. Still I have my doubts they would take much joy in a British achievement such as this, though understanding the mysteries of atomic and subatomic structure will lead to transistors, CT scans, and MRIs.

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There is more about their work in the Science Timeline.

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