31 Aug 2016

Sound Archives: Lord Ernest Rutherford

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:38 pm on 31 August 2016
Ernest Rutherford at 21

Ernest Rutherford at 21 Photo: supplied

Yesterday was the 145th birthday of Lord Ernest Rutherford, who was born near Nelson in 1871.  He is of course the man on the $100 note and 'the father of nuclear physics' who was awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 1908.

Last weekend saw the re-opening of "Rutherford's Den", the cupboard-below-the-stairs where he carried out some of his earliest experiments at Canterbury University College in Christchurch.  This is now a fully-fledged interactive science exhibit about the man and his discoveries.  

Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is hear today to tell us about it and play some recordings from the sound archives, including the man himself.