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Had it not been for that war James and Martha would never have met.
Martha became a teacher at the Spring Grove school where her efforts were always praised by the provincial school inspector.
As a boy Ernest was surrounded by hard-working people with technical skills. and arrived in New Plymouth in 1855 as a thirteen-year old.
She was evacuated to Nelson in 1860 during the Taranaki Land War.
On Saturdays the boys were free for swimming in the creek, and birdsnesting to raise money for catapult rubber and kite strings.
He radically altered our understanding of nature on three separate occasions.
Through brilliantly conceived experiments, and with special insight, he explained the perplexing problem of radioactivity as the spontaneous disintegration of atoms (they were not necessarily stable entities as had been assumed since the time of the ancient Greeks), he determined the structure of the atom and he was the world's first successful alchemist (he converted nitrogen into oxygen).
As the The New York Times stated, in a eulogy accompanying the announcement of his unexpected and unnecessary death in 1937.
So Ernest Rutherford and his siblings received a good education because of parents who appreciated education: his father because he hadn't had much and his mother because she had..
Family chores, such as milking cows and gathering firewood, ate up time after school.
For example, the first method invented to detect individual nuclear particles by electrical means, the Rutherford-Geiger detector, evolved into the Geiger-Muller tube.
The modern smoke detector, responsible for saving so many lives in house fires, can be traced back to 1899 when, at His background is rather unique, having been born in New Zealand, a country which, within a mere 50 years of formal European settlement of that remote British Colony, could admit him to its, already 20-year-old, university. James became a wheelwright and engineer, and later a flax-miller.
Or put another way, he was first to split the atom.
Any of his secondary discoveries, such as dating the age of the Earth, would have given fame to a lesser scientist.