Ernest Walton

1903 - 1995

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Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton MRIA (6 October 1903 – 25 June 1995) was an Irish physicist and Nobel laureate who first split the atom. He is best known for his work with John Cockcroft to construct one of the earliest types of particle accelerator, the Cockcroft–Walton generator. In experiments performed at Cambridge University in the early 1930s using the generator, Walton and Cockcroft became the first team to use a particle beam to transform one element to another. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Walton has received more than 328,739 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Ernest Walton is the 277th most popular physicist (up from 285th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Ireland (up from 50th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Irish Physicist.

Ernest Walton is most famous for splitting the atom and being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951.

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Among physicists, Ernest Walton ranks 277 out of 851Before him are Hugh David Politzer, Johannes Rydberg, Edmond Becquerel, August Kundt, Carlo Rubbia, and Leo Esaki. After him are Toshihide Maskawa, Antoine César Becquerel, Carl von Linde, Osborne Reynolds, Victor Weisskopf, and Walter Kohn.

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Among people born in 1903, Ernest Walton ranks 57Before him are Claudio Arrau, Giulio Natta, The French Angel, Yisrael Kristal, Vladimir Bartol, and Alonzo Church. After him are Claudette Colbert, Abul A'la Maududi, Eliot Ness, George Davis Snell, Vincente Minnelli, and Maud Lewis. Among people deceased in 1995, Ernest Walton ranks 44Before him are Louis Malle, U Nu, Rory Gallagher, John Vincent Atanasoff, Pierre Schaeffer, and Alonzo Church. After him are Lita Grey, Carlos Monzón, Ștefan Kovács, Siad Barre, Ernest Gellner, and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Ernest Walton ranks 39 out of 549Before him are Gabriel Byrne (1950), Brendan Gleeson (1955), Francis Beaufort (1774), John Field (1782), Rory Gallagher (1948), and Joseph Murphy (1898). After him are Maureen O'Hara (1920), Bob Geldof (1951), Columba (521), Harald Gille (1103), Ethel Voynich (1864), and Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener (1850).

Among PHYSICISTS In Ireland

Among physicists born in Ireland, Ernest Walton ranks 2Before him are William Rowan Hamilton (1805). After him are John Tyndall (1820), George Francis FitzGerald (1851), George Johnstone Stoney (1826), John Sealy Townsend (1868), and John Joly (1857).