Lit&Phil Society: Ernest Rutherford: from Kiwi farm boy to President of the Royal Society

Professor Mary Fowler will give a talk to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society on Monday, 14th November, about her Great Grandfather, Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics.

The 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, father of nuclear physics, was born in New Zealand and worked there, in Canada and the UK before settling in Cambridge where he was Director of the Cavendish Laboratory. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1908 and throughout his career his skills were to reach out to the wider community. He led a team of outstanding students and colleagues and he was also successful in rescuing over a thousand scientists from Nazi Germany, many of them Jewish. He dominated early 20th Century experimental physics.

Professor Fowler studied mathematics at Cambridge and joined Darwin College to undertake a post graduate study in geophysics. Her thesis was ‘Seismic Studies of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge’. She was Master of Darwin College from 2010 to 2020.

The lecture is at 7.30 pm at the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. Visitors are very welcome on payment of £5 (student non-members £3) at the door. Or they can watch the lecture streamed using Zoom by booking on EventBrite.

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