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The Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell


    THE Atomic Energy Research Establishment was founded by a decision of the Government in November, 1945, and Prof. J. D. (now Sir John) Cockcroft was appointed director in January, 1946. In order to provide a nucleus of accommodation and a prepared site, the permanent R.A.F. aerodrome of Harwell was allocated to the Establishment and building work began there in April, 1946. Harwell was chosen because of its convenient geographical location, combining reasonable access to London with nearness to a large university (Oxford), which was considered to be important so that staff should have good opportunities for discussion with university colleagues.

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