Rutherford Timeline

Events

1871

August 30, 1871

He was born in Nelson, New Zealand.

1877-1883

1877 - 1883

He attended Foxhill school

1889

1889

He started school at Nelson Collegiate School.

1890

1890

He was given a university scholarship where he proceeded to go to The University of New Zealand of Canterbury

1893

1893

He graduated with a double first in Mathematics and Physical Science.

1895

1895

He was awarded the 1851 Exhibition Science Scholarship enabling him to go to anywhere to study for New Zealand's industry.

1895

1895

He sets world record the distance where wireless waves were detected

1896

1896

He set the world record for the distance that wireless waves were detected

1898

1898

He discovers rays from radioactive material and the two main types which he named alpha and beta rays

1899

1899

He discovered the basis of the smoke detector

1899

1899

Discovers the Element Radon

1900

1900

He marries Mary Georgina Newton in Christchurch, New Zealand

1903

1903

He is elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London

1904

1904

He was awarded the Rumford Medal, his first major science award.

1908

1908

He was given the Nobel Prize in chemistry

1911

1911

He announces his nuclear model of the atom

1914

1914

He was knighted

1915-1917

1915 - 1917

He was a pioneer in the work to detect submarines

1917

1917

He is the first successful alchemist. He split atoms to change nitrogen to oxygen

1920

1920

He predicts the neutron

1925-1930

1925 - 1930

He is the president of the Royal Society of London

1931-1933

1931 - 1933

He was the president of the Institute of Physics

1937

1937

He died on October 19th 1937 his ashes were placed in Westminster Abbey