Story: Radioactive minerals

Rutherford and Geiger (1st of 2)

Rutherford and Geiger

Hans Geiger was the German inventor of the Geiger counter, which detects radiation. He is shown here in a laboratory at Manchester with Ernest Rutherford (right), the New Zealand scientist who split the atom. In the 1940s Ernest Marsden, a former student of Rutherford and colleague of Geiger, initiated a search for uranium in New Zealand.

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Rebecca Priestley, 'Radioactive minerals - Prospecting for uranium', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 12 Jun 2006