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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

(1871-1937), Physicist

Sitter in 16 portraits
Physicist. Born near Nelson, New Zealand, he won an 1851 Scholarship to Cambridge, and made the first successful radio transmissions over two miles. Teaching at McGill University (1898-1907) he discovered that radioactive elements transform into other elements, publishing Radioactivity (1903), and winning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1908. At Manchester (1907-19) he discovered the atomic nucleus and the artificial transformation of the elements. During the First World War he worked on submarine detection. As director of the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge (1919-37), Rutherford supervised experiments that led to the discovery of the neutron, by his colleague Chadwick, in 1932.

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG 4793

Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Sir William Rothenstein
sanguine and pencil, circa 1925
NPG 4793

Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford, by Ramsey & Muspratt - NPG P363(19)

Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Ramsey & Muspratt
bromide print, 1937
NPG P363(19)

Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x15557

Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1920s
NPG x15557

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91235

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91236

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x67855

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x67856

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x67857

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x67858

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x67859

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x67860

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x67861

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Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1930s
NPG x81939

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