Volume 89 Issue 41 | p. 5 | Letters
Issue Date: October 10, 2011

Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Chemist

Department: Letters

In her Newscripts column, Sarah Everts worried that Ernest Rutherford “would roll over in his grave if I called him a chemist” (C&EN, Aug. 22, page 64). She needn’t have worried.

To a former student at McGill University in Montreal in 1908, Nobel Chemistry Laureate Rutherford wrote, “I must confess it was very unexpected and I am very startled at my metamorphosis into a chemist (Dardo, Mauro. . . .

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