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The head of the engineering division, Harold Tongue, had also been at Montreal; before then he had been senior engineer of the London County Council after working at the Chemical Research Laboratory. The two heads of the electronics division, D. W. Fry and D. Taylor, came from the radar establishment at Malvern. Metallurgy's first head was L. R. Chalmers, from Farnborough, but he was soon succeeded by H. M. Finniston, who had worked for a time at Chalk River. Apart from these division heads, some of the brightest young chemists, physicists and engineers from North America stayed with Cockcroft and more came in from Malvern or from outside, almost all of them with very good degrees and research experience and several with high academic reputations.
In 1953 the average age in the engineering department at Risley was just over thirty . 34 Britain and Atomic Energy 1945-1952 while. Tensions existed and, as we have suggested, they were probably worst at Harwell. This was partly because the mixture of personalities was more exotic - a 'bunch of brilliant eccentrics', as one of the non-scientists there called them; partly because Harwell's objectives were less clear so that there was some conflict between 'pure' and' applied' scientists (see Chapter 18).
74). By 1952 Hinton said that the number of engineers who could replace him even after two or three years' intensive training could be counted on the fingers of one hand. He was, like Hinton, forceful and tough, but in other ways he was complementary to Hinton heavily built while Hinton was thin, relaxed in manner while Hinton was tense, sociable and ready to join in parties with the boys while Hinton was socially formal. " The two men were throughout this • After Hinton left the atomic energy project in 1957 and Owen took over the management of the Industrial Group, staff found that he adopted Hinton's 24 Britain and Atomic Energy 1945-1952 period very close and interdependent, although they would argue violently.