Ten fun facts about James Chadwick


Fact 1
His discovery of the neutron earned him the Nobel Prize in physics in 1935.

Fact 2
While he was the Master of Gonville and Caius College, the discoverers of the structure of DNA attended there.

Fact 3
His method to discover the neutron was later used in the nuclear test where the first atomic bomb was detonated. He witnessed the event.


Fact 4
Although offered two scholarships for university at the age of 16, he chose the Victoria University of Manchester.

Fact 5
In 1911 when he graduated, he received first class honors.

Fact 6
His previous professor of physics, Ernest Rutherford, gave him a teaching position at Manchester. It was part time so he could continue to conduct research.

Fact 7
He submitted his findings to "Nature", a scientific journal, that was a huge milestone in understanding the nucleus.

Fact 8
He also received the Hughes Medal, Copley Medal and Franklin Medal for discovering the neutron.

Fact 9
When he moved to New Mexico during the Manhattan Project, he was given the alias James Chaffee, for security purposes.

Fact 10
His publication of the MAUD Report was the basis for the United States government with their research into atomic bombs.


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