Dr T E Allibone demonstrating a Geiger counter, 1959.
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Dr T E Allibone demonstrating the operation of a Geiger counter at the Royal Institution, London, 29 December 1959. 'A lecture for children was held this afternoon at the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street by Dr T E Allibone on the 'Release and Use of Atomic Energy'.' Thomas Allibone (1903-2003) was a brilliant physicist, engineer, industrialist and inventor who was involved in many of the key scientific developments from 1925 to 1970 that reshaped our world. He was also the last surviving direct colleague of the father of nuclear physics Ernest Rutherford, whose leadership at the Cavendish laboratory, Cambridge, inspired two generations of physicists. At the time this photograph was taken, Allibone was Director of the aeI Research Laboratory at Aldermaston.