John Douglas Cockcroft (1897-1967) was a British physicist.
In 1932, he and E. T. S. Walton succeeded in splitting the nucleus of the atom for the first time.
In 1951 they were jointly awarded a Nobel prize.Born in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, Cockcroft held an engineering appointment with Metropolitan-Vickers, and took up research under Rutherford at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.
He succeeded Appleton as Jacksonian professor of natural philosophy, Cambridge (1939-1946), and did work on the atomic bornb during World War II.
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John Cockcroft was a Nobel Prize British physicist.