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Cockcroft
  (kŏk'krôft')   
British physicist who, with Ernest Walton, was the first to successfully split an atom using a particle accelerator in 1932. For this work they shared the 1951 Nobel Prize for physics.
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Cockcroft, Sir John Douglas

British physicist, joint winner, with Ernest T.S. Walton of Ireland, of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics for pioneering the use of particle accelerators in studying the atomic nucleus.

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