1871-2021

150th anniversary

Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937), the father of nuclear physics, left his mark on scientific research at the start of the 20th century.

       On the occasion of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his birth, discover the one who defined himself as a simple man and turned out to be a great scholar, an advocate for the cause of women, a faithful friend, a model for his teams.

 

biographical milestones

For a proper display of this topic, use the "computer" view, rather than "mobile".

You can consult this timeline at any time during your visit,

by clicking on this clock placed at the top and bottom of each page

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1871

Rutherford at 11 - 1883

1890

Rutherford at 24 - 1896

1895

1898

Rutherford at 38 - 1909

1907

Rutherford at 45 - 1916
Rutherford at 54 - 1925

1919

Rutherford at 61 - 1932

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1937

1900

Marries May

1901

Eileen born

1908

Nobel

1914

Knight

1911

Atom model

1925-1930

President

Royal Society

1931

Baron

Encounters

To be continued...

Hover over the faces to see the names; click to read the full stories.

To locate the towns where Rutherford worked, see the world map on the Places page.

Ernest Rutherford inventions and discoveries

 

See also the page presenting Rutherford's " crafts "

Hover over the images to reveal the explanations.

Use the arrows to see the different discoveries.

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about the project

 
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  The elements presented on this site are the result of research carried out over the past ten years with the aim of writing a fictionalized biography of Ernest Rutherford (see the " novel " page).

  My ambition was not to write a physics textbook, but to introduce readers to the man, the friend, the father, the committed character that was Ernest Rutherford.

  The purpose of this site is to highlight the characters, places, institutions in which he was involved, and so many other details (expand the objects menu ) that allowed me to build my work.

     Moreover, I do not claim that this site is exhaustive: it focuses on the elements that seem to me the most meaningful and it is written in a succinct manner, so as to remain easy to access and (I hope) attractive. .

   Other biographies, some of which are more technical, can already complete the picture (see the list of my sources).

    Finally, in this year 2021, the writing of my novel is still in progress: I therefore still collect documentation and this site is consequently meant to evolve.