||Professor Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton
||6 October 1903
||25 June 1995
|Place of Birth:
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
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|Claim to Fame:
||Famous scientist and Nobel Prize Winner
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Walton was born in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. His father was a Methodist minister from Co. Tipperary. The ministry required that his father move every few years, which brought him to the Banbridge area.
While in Banbridge, Walton attended Banbridge Academy. He later returned as a guest speaker at the schools speech day in 1952. After his time in Banbridge he attended the Methodist College in Belfast and then went on to study maths and experimental science in Trinity College, Dublin.
Walton was awarded his PhD in 1931. He and his associate, Sir John Douglas Cockcroft developed the world's first particle accelerator and used it to fire particles hoping to split them.
In 1951, along with Sir John Douglas Cockcroft, they were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their pioneer work on the transmutation of atomic nuclei by artificially accelerated atomic particles.
Walton moved back to Trinity spending 40 years there and eventually heading the Universitys physics department. He presented his Nobel citation and medal to the University on his 90th birthday in 1993.