Mathematician:Ernest Rutherford

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New Zealand physicist who discovered the concept of radioactive half-life, the radioactive element radon, and differentiated and named alpha and beta radiation.


New Zealander


  • Born: 30 August 1871 in Brightwater, New Zealand
  • Died: 19 October 1937 in Cambridge, England

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Ernest Rutherford can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Ernest Rutherford can be found here.


  • 1904: Radio-activity
  • 1905: Radio-activity, 2nd ed.
  • 1906: Radioactive Transformations
  • 1913: Radioactive Substances and their Radiations
  • 1926: The Electrical Structure of Matter
  • 1933: The Artificial Transmutation of the Elements
  • 1937: The Newer Alchemy

Also known as

  • The Right Honourable The Lord Rutherford of Nelson OM FRS
  • Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM, FRS, HFRSE, LLD