[ruhth -er-ferd, ruhth-]
- Daniel,1749–1819, Scottish physician and chemist: discoverer of nitrogen.
- Ernest1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, 1871–1937, English physicist, born in New Zealand: Nobel Prize in chemistry 1908.
- John ShermanJohnny, born 1938, U.S. racing-car driver.
- Joseph Franklin,1869–1942, U.S. leader of Jehovah's Witnesses.
- Dame Margaret,1892–1972, British actress.
- a city in NE New Jersey.
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Now that the virus is mostly gone, their immune systems may be “forgetting” the disease, Rutherford said.A Fully Vaccinated Woman Contracted and Then Spread Measles. WTF?
April 15, 2014
That attorney, Rutherford charges, asked him for $300,000 to “walk away and keep it under wraps.”
When questioned, Rutherford has insisted the two roomed together has a harmless means of saving money.
Now that Mubarak is gone, Rutherford said, Americans are hoping for a successor government that will have popular support.U.S.-Funded Democracy Crushers?
October 13, 2011
The Ranger turned the body and recognized it as that of Rutherford Wadley.
He untied the rein of Rutherford's horse and handed it to the son of his boss.
"The fellow tried to knife me in the back," explained Rutherford.
Rutherford repacked his two thirds in the belt and put it on next his shirt.
Day was comin' on, an' he couldn't follow Rutherford right away.
- a unit of activity equal to the quantity of a radioactive nuclide required to produce one million disintegrations per secondAbbreviation: rd
C20: named after Ernest Rutherford
- Ernest, 1st Baron. 1871–1937, British physicist, born in New Zealand, who discovered the atomic nucleus (1909). Nobel prize for chemistry 1908
- Dame Margaret . 1892–1972, British stage and screen actress. Her films include Passport to Pimlico (1949), Murder She Said (1962), and The VIPs (1963)
- Mark, original name William Hale White . 1831–1913, British novelist and writer, whose work deals with his religious uncertainties: best known for The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford (1881) and the novel The Revolution in Tanner's Lane (1887)
- A unit expressing the rate of decay of radioactive material, equal to one million disintegrations per second.
Rutherford(rŭð′ər-fərd, rŭth′-)Ernest First Baron Rutherford of Nelson. 1871-1937
- New Zealand-born British physicist who classified radiation into alpha, beta, and gamma types and discovered the atomic nucleus. He won the 1908 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
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- New Zealand-born British physicist who was a pioneer of subatomic physics. He discovered the atomic nucleus and named the proton. Rutherford demonstrated that radioactive elements give off three types of rays, which he named alpha, beta, and gamma, and invented the term half-life to measure the rate of radioactive decay. For this work he was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1908.
Biography: Current theories of nuclear fission and fusion reactions are well accepted; these reactions now drive nuclear power plants and atomic bombs. But when the notion that some atoms could spontaneously disintegrate into other atoms was first advanced in 1902 by Ernest Rutherford, it found resistance among his colleagues, who believed that the chemical elements of which known matter was composed were indestructible and immutable. Undaunted, this New Zealand-born physicist then made a large number of discoveries in rapid succession, including the discovery of three kinds of radioactivity (alpha, beta, and gamma rays), and his brilliance and prodigious output soon won over his critics. By the time he garnered the Nobel Prize for chemistry six years later, he had written 80 more scientific papers. His explanation in 1903 of the radioactive decay of uranium-that pieces of uranium atoms were literally breaking off and being emitted, thereby transforming the uranium into a new element-was compelling and soon well accepted. Astonishingly, what are arguably his greatest discoveries came three years after he won the Prize. In 1911, he showed that atoms were composed of smaller constituents: electrons orbiting around a positively charged nucleus. While the rudiments of this idea had already been proposed by others, Rutherford's experimental research conclusively demonstrated its correctness. Rutherford later identified the proton, one of the particles found in the nucleus. The Rutherford atom, as it came to be known, is the model of atomic structure from which today's well-established quantum mechanical theories of atomic structure derive. Rutherford also succeeded in inducing the first artificial fusion, fusing deuterium atoms together into radioactive tritium and a light isotope of helium.
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