Article ID: CBB001421035

A Brief History of Lord Rutherford's Radium (2014)


In this paper I give a brief summary of what is known about the acquisition, use and fate of the radium sources that were in the possession of Lord Rutherford during his lifetime. The account is written in two parts, corresponding to the periods from the discovery of radium in 1898 until his death in 1937 and then from 1937 until recent times. The history of Rutherford's radium closely shadows the history of radioactivity, the evolution of nuclear physics, the race for the bomb, and the development of the nuclear industry.

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Authors & Contributors
Campos, Luis A.
Rehn, Martin
Jenkin, John G.
Rentetzi, Maria
Hu, Hua-kai
Zhang, Feng
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Actes d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
Physics in Perspective
Luigi Pellegrini Editore
Columbia University Press
Oxford University Press
University of Chicago Press
Harvard University
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Experiments and experimentation
Societies; institutions; academies
Rutherford, Ernest, 1st Baron
Fermi, Enrico
Curie, Pierre
Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Pettersson, Hans
Bragg, William Henry
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
Vienna (Austria)
Cambridge University
Cavendish Laboratory
Solvay Conferences
Royal Society of London

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