Ernest Rutherford
Alpha and Beta Particles
Gold Foil Experiment
Half-life, Theory of Radioactive Change, and Transmutation

Ernest Rutherford
Kasie Baker
Web Project for Physics 212 Spring 2014

"All science is either physics or stamp collecting." -Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealand-born British physicist, was a central figure in the early study of radioactivity. Some of his notable achievements include: the discovery of alpha and beta particles, his development of the Rutherford model of the atom, successfully transmuting an element, as well as his many contributions to understanding key principles in nuclear physics. Several famous physicists studied under him, including: Niels Bohr, James Chadwick, and Robert Oppenheimer.