Earnest rutherford and papers and dating
He submitted his work of 18 to the University of New Zealand in support of his application for the biennial 1851 scholarship.
There were two candidates and the university's examiners in England recommended that James Maclaurin of Auckland University College be nominated.
However, Thomson, who was soon to be the first to discover an object smaller than an atom (the electron), quickly realised that Rutherford was a researcher of exceptional ability and invited him to join in a study of the electrical conduction of gases.
From 1890 to 1894 he attended Canterbury College in Christchurch.
There he played rugby and participated in the activities of the Dialectic Society (a student debating society) and the Science Society.
In 1893 he graduated BA in pure mathematics and Latin (both compulsory), applied mathematics, English, French and physics.
Rutherford's mathematical ability won him the one Senior Scholarship in mathematics available in New Zealand.
In 1898 he discovered that two quite separate types of emissions come from radioactive atoms and he named them alpha and beta rays.