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Thursday, 5 May 2011

The Life of Ernest Walton - Gonzaga College

Ernest Walton is Ireland's only Nobel Prize winner in the sciences, receiving the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1951 (sharing it with John Cockcroft) for his work at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge with the world's first linear particle accelerator. The two scientists built an apparatus to bombard the element lithium with energised protons, spitting the lithium nucleus to produce helium nuclei. They were the first to successfully convert one element into another by artificial means and, in doing so, verified Einstein’s famous equation E=mc².

The life is Ernest Walton is being celebrated shortly when Dr. Eric Finch, Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin, will present a talk on his life in Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, on the evening on May 12th - beginning at 8pm. The evening is brought to you by the Gonzaga College Astronomy Club, the Irish Astronomical Society and the South Dublin Astronomical Society. Admission is free and all are welcome. However, it is advisable that large groups should contact Paul Nugent in Gonzaga College initially. Sounds like a great evening.

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