Cecil Powell is awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Physics for his development of the photographic method of studying nuclear processes and for the resulting discovery of the pion.
At the age of eleven, he wins a scholarship to Judd School.
He attends Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, graduating in 1925 in the natural sciences.
Cecil Frank Powell is born in Tonbridge (UK).
Powell moves to the University of Bristol. He develops methods to record the tracks of particles by employing photographic emulsions. In 1938, he begins applying the technique to the study of cosmic radiation, exposing photographic plates at mountain tops and using specially designed balloons. This work leads to the discovery of the pion (pi-meson), a type of subatomic particle. This confirms the existence of mesons as had been predicted twelve years before by Hideki Yukawa.
Cecil Powell dies while walking in the Alps in northern Italy.
Then he works at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge and gains his Ph.D. in Physics in 1927, for research into condensation phenomena.
He marries Isobel Artner in 1932. The couple has two daughters.
He attends a local elementary school.