The main claim to fame of Tom Tuohy, who has died in Australia aged 90, was his bravery in dousing the worst accident in British atomic history. In October 1957, he was deputy works manager at Windscale, the plutonium production plant in Cumbria (now Sellafield), when fire broke out at Pile 1, a primitive nuclear reactor, on the site. David Lawry wrote this obituary for The Guardian.
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