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Although important nuclear physics work was to go on in laboratories such as ours had become - and we had to cut down to a lower energy group - it was not fundamentally opening up new insights on the structure of matter. That required you to be in a higher league.
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Another great advantage of Canberra was that we had some decent ladders and devices for climbing up to the top, whereas in Cambridge we had the most ropy, broken ladders.
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As a boy I liked playing with mechanical things, particularly Meccano - a great thing in those days, although my grandchildren prefer rather inferior products such as Duplo.
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At that time most photodisintegration work had been with a number of 22 MeV betatrons around the world.
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Being appointed Elder Professor meant very much taking over the shop, in that the professor in those days controlled all the moneys.
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I could make a Geiger counter, say, with a tantalum cathode, expose it to the radiation and produce photo-induced radioactivity in it. That was a very efficient way of actually detecting the reactions.
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I had some vague memory of visiting Canberra as a lad, when we came up with my father by car. But when I made the long train journey from Sydney to Canberra and arrived at the little stop, I did wonder slightly whether this really was the national capital.
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I then had to work out how to join some experimental group. They had there a sort of Dutch auction, quite a funny business: you spent the first couple of weeks wandering around the lab, talking to people, with supervisors trying to attract students, students trying to pick the best supervisor.
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I was at the ANU in Canberra from 1953 to '61, with a year's study leave in 1958-59 during which I went off to Harwell and resumed contact with all the people I'd been with in the Cavendish.
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I was interested in nuclei originally with my deuteron photo work because that was one of the fundamental forces, and the measurement was basic to new science.
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I was so pleased to be at university to do physics and mathematics.
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In 1949 the only way to get out of Sydney was by ship so, with several other graduate students, we sailed off on the Orontes for our great journey.
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In Canberra my vision of what could happen in nuclear physics really depended on the big successes we might have had in the particle physics area.
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In the tail above the giant resonance, you can get not just one neutron emitted but two, three, four or five, and so there are a lot of things one can measure, looking at the competition with the emission of neutrons and protons and so on.
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Knowing I needed to build some counters, I began by putting together a good vacuum system and a pumping system to build ion chambers of some sort.
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Looking back, of course, one can invent reasons for how things occurred, but I was always fascinated by science.
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My father was very much a handy person round the house, and I learnt a lot of carpentry from him.
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My latter schooldays and my university days were during the war, when science - physics, in particular - was a very important and glamorous subject. A lot of us felt that if we couldn't get into science, we might try engineering or medicine.
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Nobody with any sense would go into building the Van de Graaff, so that was left to honours people who were making sacrifices, really.
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One of the good things we did, which was extremely valuable to me, was to make loads and loads of different sorts of Geiger counters.
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Our work had been done in Cambridge and then at ANU using discrete gamma-ray sources, from about 4 MeV up to 18 MeV (we were about the only people to do that) but you could do only a limited number of things with that.
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The Cockcroft-Walton sets were marvellous, rather beautiful machines like a cinematic scientist's dream: tall towers and sparks and so on.
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The failure of the big accelerator project meant that most of these aspirations had to be abandoned. We were not to be the discoverers of the anti-proton.
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The pattern of things was that each of the research students would be doing some particular experiment on the accelerator, often involving the building of counters or a system like that.
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There was no opportunity to do nuclear physics in Adelaide, and in my view it would have been very foolish to try to set it up.
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Using the detector which I had brought (along with a few other useful things in my pockets) back to Canberra, I went on with my photodisintegration work, continuing much of what I had done in Cambridge.
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We worked on photodisintegration of the deuteron and then of some other material. We had three working accelerators, two high-tension sets and a small cyclotron, and a Van de Graaff machine was being built.
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When the points were first put into review papers, our papers with my name on them were always quoted. Gradually they got into reviews of reviews and textbooks - the quotation usually was the last review but you could still see the same points. I'd like to have them luminous or something.
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When the standard textbook of that time, Blatt and Weisskopf's book, came out, I was pleased to see my points were in the diagrams.
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