Rutherford lampshades

'Red’ Lamp shade

The University of Canterbury Library has recently digitised and placed online the majority of archival material from, by and about Ernest Rutherford that is held in the Macmillan Brown Library.

Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) is one of the University of Canterbury’s most accomplished alumni. Rutherford became a scientist of immense international stature and in 1908 won the Noble Prize in Chemistry for his investigations into the disintegration of elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances. Rutherford’s work was pivotal in forming the theoretical framework for 20th century nuclear science.

Included in this digital resource are letters written by and to Rutherford, reminiscences of colleagues about Rutherford, a record of Rutherford’s involvement with the Canterbury College Science Society and
copies of Rutherford’s certificates, scrolls and medals.

The collection also includes images of the ‘Rutherford lampshades’ which were crafted from some of Rutherford’s many certificates and awards and later deposited with the University of Canterbury for safekeeping.

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