Ernest Walton

1903 - 1995

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Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton (6 October 1903 – 25 June 1995) was an Irish physicist and Nobel laureate for his work with John Cockcroft with "atom-smashing" experiments done at Cambridge University in the early 1930s, and so became the first person in history to split the atom. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Walton has received more than 233,912 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Ernest Walton is the 265th most popular physicist (down from 209th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 27th in 2019) and the 3rd 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 265 out of 721Before him are Ettore Majorana, Jerome Isaac Friedman, Andrew Huxley, Carlo Rubbia, Zhores Alferov, and Theodor W. Hänsch. After him are Makoto Kobayashi, Brian Josephson, Serge Haroche, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Charles Wheatstone, and Pierre Louis Dulong.

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Among people born in 1903, Ernest Walton ranks 59Before him are Hugo Theorell, George Beadle, John Eccles, Alonzo Church, Tamam Shud case, and Raymond Radiguet. After him are Giulio Natta, Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, Waldemar Hoven, Louis Leakey, Fritz Bauer, and Bob Hope. Among people deceased in 1995, Ernest Walton ranks 50Before him are U Nu, Alonzo Church, Lita Grey, Miklós Rózsa, Rose Kennedy, and Edda Mussolini. After him are Ernest Gellner, Bob Ross, Elizabeth Montgomery, Jeremy Brett, Nathan Rosen, and Ko Takamoro.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Ernest Walton ranks 49 out of 460Before him are Brendan (484), Bob Geldof (1951), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), William C. Campbell (1930), Mary Jane Kelly (1863), and Saint Gall (550). After him are Bernard Lee (1908), Brendan Gleeson (1955), Richard Cantillon (1680), James Ussher (1581), Dolores O'Riordan (1971), and Edward England (1685).

Among PHYSICISTS In Ireland

Among physicists born in Ireland, Ernest Walton ranks 3Before him are William Rowan Hamilton (1805) and John Tyndall (1820). After him are George Johnstone Stoney (1826), George Francis FitzGerald (1851), John Sealy Townsend (1868), and John Joly (1857).