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Lord Ernest Rutherford Ernest Rutherford was born in the small town of Spring Grove in Nelson New Zealand He was born on the date of August 30th 1871 and died in Cambridge on the date of 19th October 1937 Ernest began his education at a primary school by name of Foxhill School It was here where Ernest received his first science text book from which he performed numerous scientific experiments In 1886 Ernest tried out for a scholarship to get into Nelson College He failed to get the scholarship however was taught by a clever country teacher On his second attempt in 1887 he won the scholarship into Nelson College In 1889 he was claimed as Dux of the School During the same year he also received a scholarship to go study at Canterbury College now known as Canterbury University which was administrated by the University of New Zealand He studied at Canterbury for four years At the end of the four years at the college he had earned a Master of Arts degree with Double First Class Honours in Mathematics Mathematical Physics and Physical Science He then furthered his study by working at educational institutions all over the globe Rutherfords parents were both from Europe coming to work in New Zealand His father James Rutherford came from Scotland with his grandfather and the rest of his family at the age of four In New Zealand James learnt how to become a wheelwright engineer and flax-miller Ernests mother N Martha Thompson came to New Zealand from England with her widowed mother at the age of thirteen In New Zealand she studied to become a teacher With Ernests mother as a teacher she always ensured he received a good education along with Ernests other eleven brother and sisters Later on in life in 1900 Ernest married a woman by the name of Mary Newton A few years later they had their only child
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