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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 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). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Rutherford has received more than 4,592,291 page views. His biography is available in 129 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 125 in 2019). Ernest Rutherford is the 14th most popular physicist (down from 12th in 2019), 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 14 out of 717Before him are Max Planck, Robert Hooke, Pierre Curie, Hans Christian Ørsted, James Prescott Joule, and André-Marie Ampère. After him are Niels Bohr, James Clerk Maxwell, Evangelista Torricelli, Georg Ohm, Werner Heisenberg, and Henri Becquerel.

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

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Ernest Rutherford ranks 1 out of 248After him are Edmund Hillary (1919), Russell Crowe (1964), Maurice Wilkins (1916), Bruce McLaren (1937), Peter Jackson (1961), Denny Hulme (1936), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Burt Munro (1899), Wallace Fard Muhammad (1893), Jane Campion (1954), and Martin Campbell (1943).

Among PHYSICISTS In New Zealand

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