Ernest Rutherford

by Jason Sanchez

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Ernest Rutherford was born August 30,1871, in Spring Grove, New Zealand. He was the fourth of twelve children and the second son . Ernest was the first to split an atom and was a pioneer of nuclear physics. Ernest was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his theory in atomic structures in 1908. Ernest Rutherford died on October 19, 1937 in Cambridge and his ashes were buried in the nave of Westminster Abbe.

Early Life

Ernest's whole family called him Ern. After school Ernest spent his time milking cows or doing chores around the family farm. On the weekends Ernest spent his time swimming at the creek with his brothers. Since Ernest and his family were struggling with money, he would always find inventive ways to overcome his family's financial problems.Ernest always went by a motto saying "We haven't the money, so we've got to think."

The Start of Being a Scientist

When Ernest was 10 he got his first science book. The book inspired him to start his very first scientific experiment. Ernest made a miniature cannon which happened to unexpectedly exploded. In 1887 Ernest was awarded his first scholarship to attend Nelson collegiate school. Ernest played rugby until 1889. In 1890 Ernest got another scholarship to Canterbury college in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1894 Ernest later on got his Bachelor science degree in one year's time. Later on in the years of 1894 he met and fell in love with a girl named Mary Newton. The couple got married in 1900 and later had a daughter named Eileen.
Rutherford's Experiment: Nuclear Atom
Gold Foil Experiment Model -- Slow Motion