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Lord Rutherford, O.M., F.R.S

Nature volume 140, page 717 (23 October 1937) | Download Citation



IT is with profound regret that we record the death at Cambridge, on Tuesday, October 19, at sixty-six years of age, following a serious abdominal operation, of Lord Rutherford, whose experimental researches and scientific genius form the main part of the impressive structure of modern physics. By his friendly nature, as well as his alert and brilliant mind, he won the affection and esteem of all with whom he came in contact, whether as students, research workers, or members of the numerous scientific councils, committees and other bodies on which he served. The outstanding characteristics of his life, work, and influence were described by Maurice, Due de Broglie, in NATURE of May 7, 1932, when Lord Rutherford was added to our series of Scientific Worthies ; and there would be little to add to that article if it were now published as an obituary notice. We prefer, however, to arrange for personal tributes after a great scientific investigator like Lord Rutherford has passed into silence but leaving his friends a memory which will be cherished by them all throughout life, and a record in the history of science which will never be forgotten.

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