Authorised form of nameRochester; George Dixon (1908 - 2001)
ForenamesGeorge Dixon
Dates1908 - 2001
Place of birthWallsend, North Tyneside
Date of birth04/02/1908
Date of death26/12/2001
Dates and placesBirth:
Wallsend, North Tyneside (04 February 1908)
26 December 2001
Research fieldNuclear physics
ActivityResearch field:
Nuclear physics
Wallsend Secondary School; Armstrong College (now Newcastle University): BSc; MSc; PhD.
Earl Grey Memorial Scholarship to Armstrong College; Earl Grey Fellow, Stockholm University; research into spectroscopy as Commonwealth Fellow, Berkeley, California; Assistant Lecturer, Manchester University (1937-1946); Lecturer, Manchester University (1946-1949); Senior Lecturer, Manchester University (1949-1953); Reader, Manchester University (1953-1955); worked with Sir Clifford Butler (FRS 1961); discovered the Kaon; Emeritus Professor of Physics, Durham University (1955-1973) and established a cosmic ray group; awarded the CV Boys Prize by the Physical Society jointly with Sir Clifford Butler (1956); Second Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Durham University (1967-1969); Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1969-1970); retired (1973); new building for the Physics Department, Durham University, named after him (opened 1997); also has Rochester Lecture (Durham) and Rochester Book Prize (awarded annually, alternately in Durham and Newcastle to the best undergraduate in first year science) named after him
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election20/03/1958
Age at election50
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of a blacksmith; married (1938) Idaline Bayliffe; one son, one daughter
Daily Telegraph obituary (10 January 2002)
Clifford Butler, 'Recollections of Patrick Blackett 1945-70' in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 143-156
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2003 vol 49 pp 415-430, plate, by Sir Arnold Wolfendale
Royal Society codeNA3224
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/GA/TGRS/8550Rochester, George Dixon? 1989
IM/003864Rochester, George Dixonnd
RR/54/112Referee's report by Alfred Fowler, on a paper 'The vibrational analysis of the absorption spectrum of lead sulphide' by George Dixon Rochester and H G HowellAugust 1934
RR/69/269Referee's report by Arthur Mannering Tyndall, on a paper 'A cloud-chamber investigation of penetrating showers' by George Dixon Rochester1946
RR/68/234Referee's report by James Chadwick, on a paper 'Penetrating non-ionizing cosmic rays' by L Jánossy and George Dixon Rochester[1942]
RR/68/384Referee's report by James Chadwick, on a paper 'The production of penetrating showers' by L Jánossy and George Dixon Rochester[1943]
RR/68/484Referee's report by Charles Drummond Ellis, on three papers 'The transition effect of penetrating showers' and 'The barometer effect of penetrating showers' by L Jánossy and George Dixon Rochester, and 'Some aspects of the production of mesons and the barometer effect of penetrating showers' by L Jánossy[1944]
RR/57/8Referee's report by Alfred Fowler, on a paper 'The band spectra of the lead halides, PbF and PbCI' by George Dixon Rochester2 August 1935
RR/57/9Referee's report by Alfred Fowler, on a paper 'The absorption spectrum of stannous sulphide' by George Dixon Rochester26 March 1935
EC/1958/22Rochester, George Dixon: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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