Irish physicist, corecipient, with Sir John Douglas Cockcroft of England,
of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics for the development of the first
nuclear particle accelerator, known as the Cockcroft-Walton generator.
After gaining his Ph.D. at Cambridge, Walton returned to Trinity College,
Dublin, in 1934, where he remained as a fellow for the next 40 years
and a fellow emeritus thereafter. He was Erasmus Smith professor of
natural and experimental philosophy from 1946 to 1974 and chairman of
the School of Cosmic Physics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
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