Posted: 09.06.21 at 23:43 by Alexander Greensmith
BOLLINGTON: An interactive map has revealed who is the most-searched-for person on Wikipedia from the Happy Valley.
Website The Pudding has created a people map of the UK, matching place names with their 'most Wikipedia-ed' resident, with Bollington included.
This person could be someone who was born in, lived in, or has connections to Bolly.
Antiques TV presenter David Dickinson lives in our town, and former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos used to live in our town.
But neither are the most searched Bollingtonian's on the online encyclopedia.
The most famous person may be familiar to some older readers, but certainly not to our younger readers, unless they have a strong interest in physics.
James Chadwick (1891-1974), is best known in the science community for discovering the neutron in 1932.
He was born in a cottage in Clarke Lane, but it is at his Bollington school where the great mind is honoured with a plaque.
Head to Bollington Cross School, and you can see a blue plaque devoted to Chadwick, which was donated by Macclesfield pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
When he was four, his mother and cotton weaver father moved to Manchester. This left Chadwick to be raised in Bolly by his maternal grandparents.
The nuclear expert would later graduate from the University of Manchester and Cambridge.
His identification of a subatomic particle with no electric charge put Bollington on the map, and bagged him a Nobel Prize in 1935 at age 44.
Despite his Manchester lab being bombed by Luftwaffe planes towards the end of the Second World War, he made the New Year Honours on 1 January 1945.
With his work at the Los Alamos Labatory in Washington DC, he helped lay foundations for the building of the atomic bomb, which as we know ended the deadliest global conflict in history.
The physicist retired in 1959, but would not return to Bollington as he spent his final years in Cambridge. He died 15 years later, aged 82.
Bollington was not the only town Macclesfield Nub News covers that was on the map.
You can find the most Wikipedia searched person from Macclesfield by reading here.
You can view the map in full here.
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