Ernest Rutherford

Updated: 6/14/2020
Ernest Rutherford

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  • Unfortunately, six people working in my building whilst I was conducting these tests died from pancreatic cancer, brain cancer or MND.
  • In 1908 I won a Nobel Prize for my ‘investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances’
  • In May of 1911 me and my students conducted an experiment where we bombarded a thin gold sheet with alpha particles.
  • This is when I discovered that all matter was concentrated in a tiny volume which I called the nucleus and atoms were made of mostly empty space.
  • My discoveries marked the birth of nuclear phyisics and impacted modern technologys and knowledge
  • Because of my investigations medial imaging and the diagnosis of disease has never been better and radiotherapy has advanced the treatment of cancer.
  • Yes, I’ve learned so much!
  • So, does that help?
  • So who would like to tell me about what we just learnt?