The New Zealand born physicist Sir E. Rutherford

The New Zealand born physicist Sir E. Rutherford

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Credit: PROF. PETER FOWLER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The New Zealand born physicist Sir Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937). The photograph was taken to commemorate the Nobel Prize for chemistry which he received in 1908. Rutherford may be considered the father of nuclear physics for his studies on radioactive decay and the atomic structure. He identified three types of radiations produced by radioactive decay which he called alpha, beta and gamma rays. In 1911 he proposed an atomic model in which the positive charge of the atom (protons) was concentrated in a very small region, the nucleus. He also showed that the structure of an atom could be changed (nuclear transmutation) by bombarding it with alpha particles.

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