Hon­our for fam­ily of renowned physi­cist

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A COM­MIT­TEE room at Tod­mor­den Town Hall has been re­named The Cock­croft Room in hon­our of a local fam­ily and a fa­mous physi­cist awarded the No­bel Prize for his work on split­ting the atom.

The Cock­croft name is well-known in the town, with the fam­ily hav­ing been a large tex­tile em­ployer.

Three gen­er­a­tions, Keith Cock­croft, Lionel Cock­croft and his son, Peter Cock­croft have all taken on the role of Mayor of Tod­mor­den over time, with the lat­ter now serv­ing as a mem­ber of the town hall’s work­ing group.

Sir John Cock­croft was its most fa­mous bearer hav­ing been jointly awarded the No­bel Prize for Physics in 1951 for his work with Ernest Wal­ton on split­ting the atom. Vol­un­teer Peter Cock­croft and his wife Su­san at­tended the nam­ing cer­e­mony at the town hall af­ter Calderdale Coun­cil de­cided to hon­our the fam­ily’s con­tri­bu­tion to the area. Calderdale Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for Com­mu­ni­ties and Neigh­bour­hood Ser­vices, Coun Su­san Press, said: “The Cock­croft fam­ily is well known and re­spected in Tod­mor­den and its fam­ily mem­bers have con­trib­uted so much over the years. “It’s fit­ting that one of the rooms in the town hall has been named af­ter a fam­ily who have spent so much time in the build­ing, con­tribut­ing to the rich his­tory of our town.”

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