chapter  9
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Bristol 1933–39

I went to Bristol full of the ideas that I had learned from Bohr, believing that here was the opportunity to create a school where the experimental people and my theorists would work hand in hand. I didn't want a separate department, as did my predecessor; all my ambitions were on working together. In Cambridge I had been a nuclear physicist, and this was because that was the main interest of the Cavendish. In Bristol I wanted to see what people were already doing, and use my understanding of quantum mechanics to help. Even in my last year at Cambridge, when I knew I was going to Bristol, I began to do this.