Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford

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  • My name is Ernest Rutherford and my science career began when I first started school at Nelson Collegiate School at the age of 16 in New Zealand. 
  • I did so well in school that I received a University Scholarship and went to the University of New Zealand in 1889. I graduated in 1893 with a double first in Mathematics and Physical Science
  • I returned to England in 1907 to become a professor at Manchester University
  • I came back to my home town of New Zealand to begin my first major research. I was focused on the magnetic properties of Iron exposed to high frequency oscillation. My theory was called Magnetization of Iron by high frequency discharges.
  • In Cambridge I was reconginzed by Professor Thomson. I began working with him and helped invent the detector for electromagnetic waves.
  • We worked together on the behavior of ions  observed in gases
  • I was knighted in 1914 and published several books about science including Radioactivity and Radioactive Transformations. 
  • Congratulations on your Noble Peace Prize in 1908
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