He was born in Nelson, New Zealand.
He attended Foxhill school
He started school at Nelson Collegiate School.
He was given a university scholarship where he proceeded to go to The University of New Zealand of Canterbury
He graduated with a double first in Mathematics and Physical Science.
He was awarded the 1851 Exhibition Science Scholarship enabling him to go to anywhere to study for New Zealand's industry.
He sets world record the distance where wireless waves were detected
He set the world record for the distance that wireless waves were detected
He discovers rays from radioactive material and the two main types which he named alpha and beta rays
He discovered the basis of the smoke detector
Discovers the Element Radon
He marries Mary Georgina Newton in Christchurch, New Zealand
He is elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London
He was awarded the Rumford Medal, his first major science award.
He was given the Nobel Prize in chemistry
He announces his nuclear model of the atom
He was knighted
He was a pioneer in the work to detect submarines
He is the first successful alchemist. He split atoms to change nitrogen to oxygen
He predicts the neutron
He is the president of the Royal Society of London
He was the president of the Institute of Physics
He died on October 19th 1937 his ashes were placed in Westminster Abbey