The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th February was one of our own members, Roger Siddle, who gave a talk entitled ‘My £2.5 million PhD’.
He told the story of his time at Manchester University studying high energy physics and working with a group that were exploring nucleon isobars ('heavy protons') at the Daresbury Science Laboratory near Runcorn.
Where did the money go? 200 hours of beam time from the Daresbury accelerator which cost the country £10,000 per hour in current money! The results included the first indications that protons contain tiny, dense particles - now known as quarks.