Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Rutherford, Maestro of the Atom

Dr. John Campbell
Physics Department, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Thursday, December 4, 2003
2:30 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

Ernest Rutherford was the first person to be awarded a Nobel Prize for work done in Canada.

This talk will cover some of the lesser known aspects of Rutherford's work, including his early work in wireless signalling, development of what was later improved to be now called the Geiger-Muller tube, his acoustic work for submarine detection during the First World War, the development of particle accelerators and the race to use them, and why he received just one Nobel Prize.

Dr Campbell, a condensed matter physicist, is the author of Rutherford Scientist Supreme and www.rutherford.org.nz. During a quarter of a century of research he interviewed many people who worked with Rutherford.

John was the convenor of the Rutherford Birthplace Project, Nelson, New Zealand, (1990) and the Pickering/Rutherford/Havelock Memorial Plaza at Havelock, New Zealand (2003), and helped design the NZ$100 banknote which features Rutherford (1992). He was the initiator of, and for the past decade has run, the Ask-A-Scientist Programme for New Zealand schoolteachers. John holds several awards for presenting science to the public.

Refreshments will be available after the talk.