Ernest Rutherford

1871 - 1937

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Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, (30 August 1871 – 19 October 1937) was a New Zealand-born British physicist who came to be known as the father of nuclear physics. Encyclopædia Britannica considers him to be the greatest experimentalist since Michael Faraday (1791–1867). He also spent a substantial amount of his career abroad, in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Rutherford has received more than 3,839,100 page views. His biography is available in 125 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 124 in 2019). Ernest Rutherford is the 12th most popular physicist, the most popular biography from New Zealand and the most popular New Zealander Physicist.

Ernest Rutherford is most famous for his work with radioactivity and the discovery of the atomic nucleus.

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Among physicists, Ernest Rutherford ranks 12 out of 721Before him are Wilhelm Röntgen, Max Planck, Alessandro Volta, Niels Bohr, James Prescott Joule, and André-Marie Ampère. After him are James Clerk Maxwell, Robert Hooke, Werner Heisenberg, Evangelista Torricelli, Henri Becquerel, and Christiaan Huygens.

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Among people born in 1871, Ernest Rutherford ranks 3Before him are Rosa Luxemburg and Marcel Proust. After him are Friedrich Ebert, Alexander Scriabin, Karl Liebknecht, Paul Valéry, Guangxu Emperor, Pietro Badoglio, Heinrich Mann, Theodore Dreiser, and Baroness Mary Vetsera. Among people deceased in 1937, Ernest Rutherford ranks 1After him are Pierre de Coubertin, Maurice Ravel, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Adler, John D. Rockefeller, Antonio Gramsci, H. P. Lovecraft, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Amelia Earhart, Erich Ludendorff, and George Gershwin.

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Among people born in New Zealand, Ernest Rutherford ranks 1 out of 206After him are Edmund Hillary (1919), Russell Crowe (1964), Bruce McLaren (1937), Maurice Wilkins (1916), Peter Jackson (1961), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Denny Hulme (1936), Alan MacDiarmid (1927), Kiri Te Kanawa (1944), Chris Amon (1943), and Burt Munro (1899).

Among PHYSICISTS In New Zealand

Among physicists born in New Zealand, Ernest Rutherford ranks 1After him are Maurice Wilkins (1916).