from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Rutherford, Daniel 1749-1819. British chemist and physician who is credited with the discovery of nitrogen.
- Rutherford, Ernest. First Baron Rutherford of Nelson. 1871-1937. New Zealand-born British physicist who classified radiation into alpha, beta, and gamma types and discovered the atomic nucleus. He won the 1908 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
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- proper n. A Scottish habitational surname from a place where there was once a settlement in the Scottish borders.
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- n. a unit strength of a radioactive source equal to one million disintegrations per second
- n. British physicist (born in New Zealand) who discovered the atomic nucleus and proposed a nuclear model of the atom (1871-1937)
- n. British chemist who isolated nitrogen (1749-1819)
Old English hryðer ("cattle") + ford ("ford"). (Wiktionary)