We were delighted to welcome so many alumni back to College for our annual Association Weekend last month, featuring a programme of events in celebration of the life of Founding Master, Sir John Cockcroft. Numbers in Hall on Saturday night far outstripped recent years with 276 dining, including members of the Cockcroft family. Guests were entertained afterwards by a speech by Jim Al-Khalili OBE.
On the Saturday afternoon the Wolfson Hall played host to a panel discussion on the life and work of the atomic scientist who changed the world. The event comprised two parts: the first exploring Sir John’s work and scientific legacy; the second a personal portrait of the man chosen to be Churchill’s first Master. Speaking in the first half were Professor Rolf Heuer (formerly Director General of CERN) and Dame Sue Ion (Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board); whilst giving an intimate portrait of Sir John in the second half was Graham Farmelo (Churchill Fellow, biographer and science writer), Sir John’s son, Christopher Cockcroft, as well as Churchill alumnus and Sir John’s biographer, Michael Smyth. You can watch each half in the videos below.
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