Remembering the Clement Attlee of nuclear science

Graham will be speaking at an international gathering on 18 and 19 September to celebrate the life and legacy of Sir John Cockcroft, one of the Cavendish duo who first artificially split the atom in 1932. Graham’s talk, titled ‘Churchill confidant – government advisor’, will be about Cockcroft the quietly successful science adviser to government, one of the themes of Churchill’s Bomb. This meeting, at St John’s College in Cambridge, promises to shed much new light on the achievements of the famously taciturn Cockcroft, ‘the Clement Attlee’ of nuclear science, as Graham described him.


Sir John Cockcroft