In the 1940s Chief Superintendent of ADRDE Sir John Cockcroft CBE OM KCB lived and held meetings here. With Ernest Walton he shared the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on particle accelerators.
Sir John Douglas Cockcroft OM KCB CBE FRS (27 May 1897 – 18 September 1967) was a British physicist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for splitting the atomic nucleus with Ernest Walton, and was instrumental in the development of nuclear power. He was the first Master of Churchill College and is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge, together with his wife Elizabeth and son John, known as Timothy, who had died at the age of two in 1929.