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Pioneering is part of who we are

Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) 

Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer. Anthony Wilding, Lady Diana Isaac, Evelyn Page to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do every day at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.

Born in Nelson, New Zealand, Ernest Rutherford is remembered as one of the greatest scientists in history for his ability to make imaginative leaps in the field of physics and design experiments to test his theories. In 1917 he became the first person to split the atom and is referred to as the father of nuclear physics to this day.

Ernest Rutherford received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908, was knighted in 1914, decorated with the Order of Merit in 1925, and made a Baron in 1931 among many other honours.

Relentless in his pursuit of progress, Rutherford made three major discoveries in his career, paving the way for future discoveries. A gentle natured man with a deep passion for science and the betterment of humanity, Rutherford expressed his hope that no one would discover how to extract the energy of the atom until man was ‘living at peace with his neighbours’. Nuclear fission was discovered after his death and used to build nuclear weapons, just as Rutherford had feared.

Ernest Rutherford’s published works include Radioactive Transformations and Using the Resources of the Country Church. Naomi Pasachoff wrote Ernest Rutherford: Father of Nuclear Science, originally published in 2005.