|Birthplace:||Spring Grove, Brightwater, Tasman, New Zealand|
|Death:||Died in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK|
|Managed by:||Ric Dickinson|
About Ernest Rutherford, 1st and last Baron Rutherford of Nelson
Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson OM, FRS (30 August 1871 – 19 October 1937) was a New Zealand-born British chemist and physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics. In early work he discovered the concept of radioactive half life, proved that radioactivity involved the transmutation of one chemical element to another, and also differentiated and named alpha and beta radiation. This work was done at McGill University in Canada. It is the basis for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry he was awarded in 1908 "for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances".