Ernest Rutherford

Born: August 30th, 1871

The Life Of Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford was a New Zealand chemist who helped discover nuclear physics. He went to Canterbury College, University of New Zealand before moving to England in 1895. Rutherford won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. He worked closely with his students, who went on to make their own discoveries. The element 'rutherfordium' was named in his honor.


Mr. Rutherford created the Rutherford model of the atom that is widely used today. He also coined the terms Alpha and Beta. He carried out the Geiger-Marsden experiment which was an attempt to examine the structure of an atom. He made the quote," All science is either physics or stamp collecting."

Died: October 19th, 1937