James Chadwick

Founder of the Neutron

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About James Chadwick

James Chadwick was born on the twentieth of October in England. His father worked as a railway storekeeper while his mother had a job as a domestic servant. When he was 11, he gained entry to a grammar school, but unfortunately for him, his parents didn’t have enough funds to send him there. His favorite subjects were mathematics and physics. When he turned 16, he won a scholarship to enroll in the Victoria University of Manchester. His original intentions were to study mathematics, but when interviewed later, he revealed that he wanted to study physics instead.


He also believed that the neutron played a big part in consisting the proton and electron.

In 1935, James Chadwick was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron.


The discovery of neutrons was very vital because the neutrons were in the center as well as around the nucleus. It contributed the atomic weight of the atom and had the same effect as protons did. He had a great impact on the atomic theory

Atomic Structure: Discovery of the Neutron