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How Manchester Ushered in the Atomic Age

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The Portico Library & Gallery

57 Mosley Street

Manchester

M2 3HY

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In August 1945, the Allies dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima - the atomic age had begun - but it all started in Manchester. In October 1803 in a house that then stood behind The Portico Library, John Dalton (the library’s clock superintendent) devised what became known as atomic theory – the idea that matter is made up of atoms. Just over 100 years later at The University of Manchester, scientists clarified the nature of the atom and the minute world that exists inside it. In September 1917 Ernest Rutherford and his team of atomic scientists accidentally split the atom for the first time. Ed Glinert, Penguin author and Manchester historian, relates the story of Manchester’s key role in the advent of the atomic and nuclear age to mark the centenary of Rutherford’s landmark experiment in 1917.

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