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Rutherford, Ernest

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishRutherford, ErnestErnest RutherfordRutherford, Er‧nest /ˈɜːnɪst $ ˈɜːr-/  (1871–1937) a British scientist, born in New Zealand, who discovered the structure of the atom, and discovered that there are three types of radiationalpha, beta, and gamma rays. He is best known for being the first person to ‘split the atom’, when he split the nucleus (=central part) of an atom in 1919.
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