Ten fun facts about Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford was born on 30th August 1871 in Brightwater, New Zealand and died on 19th October 1937 in Cambridge, UK.
Ernest Rutherford is known as the 'Father of Nuclear Physics' and considered as one of the greatest experimentalist.
He studied at the Canterbury College, University of New Zealand on a scholarship and completed his BA, MA and BSc and also two years of research,which lead to the invention of a new kind of radio receiver.
Ernest Rutherford was the first non-Cambridge graduate to have been allowed to do research work at the Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory, under the inspiring leadership and guidance of Sir J.J.Thomson.
He worked on the practical problems of submarine detection, during the first World War.
During his time at McGill University in Canada, Ernest Rutherford and fellow chemist Frederick Soddy drafted the 'Atomic Disintegration Theory' as an accountability of all their combined experiments.
While at Victoria University of Manchester, he and Thomas Royds proved that alpha radiation consisted of helium ions.
Rutherford's investigation into the disintegration of the elements and chemistry of radioactive substances, earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in the year 1908.
Rutherford performed his most famous Geiger-Marsden experiment, which demonstrated the nuclear nature of the atoms, after the receipt of the Nobel Prize.
He was credited with the discovery of the element rutherfordium, Rf.
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