Ernest Rutherford

August 30, 1871 - October 19, 1937

Rutherford's Nuclear Model! Don't Miss!

Tuesday, Nov. 30th 1920 at 6-8pm

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States

Ithaca, NY

Come listen to this world renowned chemist talk about his latest theories in his first and only appearance in the U.S!

About Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford was born in Spring Grove, New Zealand. He attended Nelson college for three years and then continued his studies at Canterbury college where he received his bachelors degree in 1892. He then went for his masters the following year with honors in mathematics and physics.


Rutherford received a number of medals and awards for his accomplishments. A couple important ones are-

Rumford Medal (1905): awarded by the Royal society for his extremely important discovery in the field of thermal and optical properties of matter.

Nobel Prize for chemistry (1908): awarded for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances.

Ernest was best known for his discovery in the transmutation of the elements, the nuclear atom, and a host of other phenomena to become the most prominent experimental physicist of his time.

Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment - Backstage Science

Works Cited

Ernest Rutherford." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998.Biography in Context. Web. 7 Feb. 2014.

Rutherford, Ernest (1871-1937): Asimov, I. Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology; the Lives and Achievements of 1510 Great Scientists from Ancient Times to the Present, Chronologically Arranged, rev. ed. New York: NY: Avon, 1976.

Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment -." YouTube. YouTube, 14 Apr. 2011. Web. 11 Feb. 2014