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Ernest Rutherford

New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of chemist and nuclear physics,  succeeded in splitting the atom January 3, 1919. By bombarding nitrogen (N) atoms with alpha particles, he broke down the nucleus of the nitrogen atoms, releasing hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) atoms in the process. As a result he became the first true alchemist.  In early work he discovered …

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