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Rutherford, Ernest
Autograph Letter Signed ("E Rutherford"), to Professor Martin Knudsen of Copenhagen
Newham Cottage, Queens Road, Cambridge, 1920. 2 pages. 12mo. Single sheet of blindstamped stationery. Old folds, thumbprint at bottom edges. 2 pages. 12mo. Rutherford (1871-1937), the "father of nuclear physics," writes to Danish physicist Martin Knudsen regarding the lectures on atomic theory he plans to give in Copenhagen, and ends with a reference to Niels Bohr. In part: "I would be prepared to begin my three lectures either on Saturday or on Monday Sept 20 as you prefer. I trust these times will meet with your approval. The titles of my 3 lectures will be 1 Counting of atoms 2 Structure of atoms 3 Isotopes and their meaning The first will be the most popular but I am hopeful I can make all three intelligbile if my audience can follow English. I am writing to Bohr also" Knudsen (1871-1949) was a molecular physicist at the Technical University in Denmark. "It was important to Bohr that Rutherford should be one of the very first to see his new Institute for Theoretical Physics at Copenhagen University, and Rutherford's first visit to Denmark in September 1920 was timed with this in mind. However, the opening of the institute was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Bohr did make us of the occasion of Rutherford's visit to introduce his mentor to the Danish pulblic in a substantial popular article in a Copenhagen newspaper" (Collected Works of Bohr, vol 12, p 109). Rutherford was awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, "for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances" photo
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