Ernest Rutherford

1871 - 1937

Ernest Rutherford

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).In early work, Rutherford discovered the concept of radioactive half-life, the radioactive element radon, and differentiated and named alpha and beta radiation. This work was performed at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Rutherford has received more than 3,441,176 page views. His biography is available in 124 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 12th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Ernest Rutherford ranks 12 out of 659Before him are Alessandro Volta, Niels Bohr, Max Planck, James Clerk Maxwell, André-Marie Ampère, and Pierre Curie. After him are Henri Becquerel, James Prescott Joule, Christiaan Huygens, Robert Hooke, Evangelista Torricelli, and Werner Heisenberg.

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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, Karl Liebknecht, Alexander Scriabin, Guangxu Emperor, Paul Valéry, Heinrich Mann, Pietro Badoglio, Albert Lebrun, and Victor Grignard. Among people deceased in 1937, Ernest Rutherford ranks 2Before him is Guglielmo Marconi. After him are Pierre de Coubertin, Alfred Adler, Maurice Ravel, Antonio Gramsci, John D. Rockefeller, H. P. Lovecraft, Amelia Earhart, Erich Ludendorff, George Gershwin, and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Ernest Rutherford ranks 1 out of 145After him are Edmund Hillary (1919), Russell Crowe (1964), Maurice Wilkins (1916), Bruce McLaren (1937), Peter Jackson (1961), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Denny Hulme (1936), Alan MacDiarmid (1927), Kiri Te Kanawa (1944), Burt Munro (1899), and Martin Campbell (1943).

Among PHYSICISTS In New Zealand

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