Rutherford, Ernest (Baron Rutherford of Nelson) (1871-1937)

Rutherford was the greatest of the pioneers of subatomic physics; he "led us to the confines of knowledge in respect of the ultimate structure and constitution of matter." British physicist from New Zealand; discovered several radioactive isotopes with colleagues (1899-1905); classified forms of radiation as alpha, beta, and gamma; received Nobel Prize for chemistry (1908); worked on submarine detection; developed atomic theory (1911); researched transmutational effects of alpha particles on gases (ca. 1919) and other elements.

Famous Quotes:
"The only possible conclusion the social sciences can draw is: some do, some don't."

"We haven't the money, so we've got to think."

"All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial."

"If your experiment needs statistics, then you ought to have done a better experiment."

See also: Geiger, Johannes.

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