Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford

Did you know that 2008 is the centennial year of Sir Ernest Rutherford’s Nobel Prize win? In celebration, New Zealand’s most physics-ally-gifted son may be reaching out from the grave to murder fellow scholars. Well, so says the BBC and a lot of other news sources. Is this just classic colonial-bashing or did Sir R’s experiments leave a deadly legacy of radiation at the University of Manchester? Well the investigation is on-going but if you want to read more about Ernest, you can check out our Nobel prizes backgrounder, our kids fact sheet (with recommended reading and websites) or read some books about him.