Story: Rutherford, Ernest

Ernest Rutherford (right) and Hans Geiger

Ernest Rutherford (right) and Hans Geiger

While working at the Victoria University of Manchester from 1907, Ernest Rutherford and his assistant, Hans Geiger, developed the electrical method of detecting single particles emitted by radioactive atoms – a significant step in atomic research.

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John Campbell. 'Rutherford, Ernest', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1996, updated January, 2002. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)