Clifford Dalton

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Dr. Clifford Dalton (1916–1961) was a New Zealand nuclear scientist and inventor of the fast breeder reactor.[1] During the Second World War in 1942 he married scientist and author Catherine Graves (daughter of the writer Robert Graves) at Aldershot Register Office in Manor Park.[2] In 1947, he joined the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell in England. They subsequently emigrated to Australia, where he worked as Engineer-In-Chief of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission.

He died in 1961. Although the cause of death is generally acknowledged as cancer, Catherine Dalton has alleged that he was murdered; in her book 'Without Hardware', she claims that the Bogle-Chandler murders were intended to prevent Bogle from investigating her husband's death.


  1. ^ Hazlehurst, Cameron. "Biography - George Clifford James Dalton - Australian Dictionary of Biography". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  2. ^ Peter J. Conradi, A Very English Hero: The Making of Frank Thompson, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London (2012) - Google Books pg 145

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