News – 13 Nobel Laureates

From the Commission’s awards
1891 to date

The Commission’s awards were instrumental in ensuring that Rutherford, Chadwick, Cockcroft and Walton were in Cambridge at the same time (as also was Dirac) and formed that amazing group of 1930s physicists at the Cavendish Laboratory

Peter Ware Higgs
Research Fellow 1953 – 1955
Nobel Prize in Physics 2013
For the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

Sydney Brenner
Overseas Scholar 1952 – 1954
Nobel Prize in Medicine 2002
For discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death

John Warcup Cornforth
Overseas Scholar 1939 – 42
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1975
For his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions

Aaron Klug
Overseas Scholar 1949 – 52
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1982
For his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his structural elucidation of biologically important nucleic acid-protein complexes

Alexander Robertus Todd
Research Fellow 1931 – 34
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1957
For his work on nucleotides and nucleotide co-enzymes

John Douglas Cockcroft
Industrial Bursar 1920 – 22
Nobel Prize in Physics 1951
For his pioneer work on the transmutation of atomic nuclei by artificially accelerated atomic particles

Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton
Overseas Scholar 1927 – 1930
Nobel Prize in Physics 1951
For his pioneer work on the transmutation of atomic nuclei by artificially accelerated atomic particles

 

Robert Robinson
Research Scholar 1907 – 1909 
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1947 
For his investigations on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids

Walter Norman Haworth
Research Scholar 1909 – 1911 
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1937 
For his investigations on carbohydrates and vitamin C

James Chadwick
Research Scholar 1913 – 1919 
Nobel Prize in Physics 1935 
For the discovery of the neutron

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac
Research Fellow 1925 – 28 
Nobel Prize in Physics 1933
For the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory

Ernest Rutherford
Research Scholar 1895 – 98 
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1908
For his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances

Charles Glover Barkla
Research Scholar 1899 – 1902 
Nobel Prize in Physics 1917 
For his discovery of the characteristic Röntgen radiation of the elements