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Jason M. Davis Physics 203 Final Paper 05/05/2008 The War Efforts of Sir James Chadwick Science is an ever changing discipline, consisting of the very laws and principals that govern the world in which we live. Some of the most innocent discoveries can make some of the most drastic impacts while discoveries of epic proportions may simply bring things back to normalcy. Many chemist, physicist, and even philosophers are recognized world round for the discoveries they’ve made. From Plato and Aristotle, to Darwin and even Benjamin Franklin science continues to evolve, but without these equipped minds of the past, who will continue to move our world into the future? Who will lead the world into a new age of evolution? Over time we all begin taking the discoveries of the past more and more for granted and many become complacent in our current findings. Those who are complacent find other passions to pursue but for the few who know the world still has many new discoveries yet to be uncovered, they take science head on leading us into an even more dynamic future. A recent physicist who has done just that is Sir. James Chadwick. His discovery of the neutron opened doors to a completely untapped science while ultimately contributing to the ending of one of the most deadly wars of all time. Born in Cheshire, England on October 20, 1891, Sir James Chadwick was the son of John Joseph Chadwick and Anne Mary Knowles. He began schooling as any other child in England would, attending Bollington Cross C of E Primary School and then going on to graduate from Manchester High School. He didn’t stand out much in high school and appeared no different
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that many of the other graduates. He then went on to receive degrees from the University of Manchester, and the University of Cambridge. His career began at the ripe age of 22 where he would go on to work for various institutions and then at the Prisoner of War camp at Ruhleben. He began in 1913 at the Technical University of Berlin where he worked for Hans Geiger and Ernest Rutherford. It was at this University that his passion for the world of science was truly made strong. Soon after, WWI began, Chadwick initially served in Germany but was interned for the majority of the war in the Ruhleben P.O.W camp on the outskirts of Berlin. His passion for science was so strong during this period, however, that he earned the freedom to put together a laboratory in the stables of the camp. During his period there he would work on the ionization of phosphorus and the photo-chemical reaction of carbon monoxide and chlorine. He was later released upon the request of his employer, Geiger. His research at Ruhleben had barely scratched the surface for what was to come. Going back to study at Cambridge in 1932, Chadwick made one of the most important
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2009 for the course PHYS 1203 taught by Professor Padamsee, h during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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