Ernest Rutherford

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Birthday
30, 1871
Birthplace
Brightwater, New Zealand
Death Date
Oct 19, 1937 (66)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
30, 1871
Birthplace
Brightwater, New Zealand
Death Date
Oct 19, 1937 (66)

About

The father of nuclear physics who discovered that atoms have a positive charge located in a nucleus in 1911. He also developed the concept of radioactive half-life, which describes the exponential decay radioactive substances.

Before Fame

He couldn't continue his work at Cambridge because of arcane rules about his young age.

Trivia

He is widely credited as the first person to split the atom in a nuclear reaction in 1917 and he won the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the disintegration of the elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances.

Family Life

He had five sisters and six brothers.

Associated With

Another famous physicist like him was Max Planck.