Seeking out Nobel family members

Calderdale Council is on the look-out to find family members of Todmorden’s two Nobel Prize winners.

John Cockcroft was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951 and Geoffrey Wilkinson was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1973. Both were pupils at the former Todmorden Grammar School.

Their names are on the roll of honour boards which are on display at Ferney Lee Primary School. The school’s governors have agreed to loan the boards for a 12 month display at Todmorden Library.

Calderdale Council will be holding a ceremony at the library later this month to unveil the boards and to recognise the two men’s success.

The council is hoping to trace relatives and invite them to attend the ceremony.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Todmorden ward Coun Olwen Jennings, says she hopes relatives can be traced. “For one school to produce two Nobel Prize winners is extraordinary and we feel that it is a story which needs to be told.

“It would be marvellous if when the boards are unveiled, members of these two men’s families could be in attendance.”

If you are related to either of the Nobel Prize winners and would like to attend the ceremony, you can email Joanne Chapman on or telephone her on 01422 392436.