Ernest Rutherford

By: Rebecca Michael


Ernest Rutherford was born August 30, 1871. His birthplace is Spring Grove, New Zealand. He was the 4th of 12 children to his mother, Martha, and his father, James. Martha worked as a school teacher, she believed that education was the most important thing for her children. As a child Ernest spent his time milking cows and doing chores on the family farm. Ernest was first introduced to science at the age of 10. After Rutherford received his first science book he became intrigued by science, he would conduct many experiments. In 1887 he received a scholarship to Nelson collegiate school, to play rugby. In 1890 he was given yet another scholarship to Canterbury college, where his love for science flourished. In Canterbury he met and fell in love with his land owners daughter, Mary Newton. They got married in 1900 and later had a daughter, Eileen. Ernest died October 19, 1937 at the age of 66. He was buried at Westminster Abbey.
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