Research procedures at Cambridge University's famous Cavendish Laboratory underwent some visible changes in the 1920s. An influx of men with electrical engineering backgrounds, such as John Cockcroft, T. E. Allibone and Ernest Walton, led to work on prototype particle accelerators. The goal was to attack the atomic nucleus with something other than Lord Rutherford's beloved alpha particles.
Liverpool and Berkeley: The Chadwick–Lawrence Letters
Andrew P. Brown; Liverpool and Berkeley: The Chadwick–Lawrence Letters. Physics Today 1 May 1996; 49 (5): 34–40. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.881497
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