RUTHERFORD OF NELSON: A TENACIOUS BOY

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Using stills and re -enactments, this film traces the life of the New Zealand nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford, later Lord Rutherford, born to James and Martha Rutherford of Spring Grove, New Zealand, on the 13th August 1871.

Throughout his scientific career which culminated in his splitting the atom, he never lost touch with his origins.

He left England for New Zealand, July 25th 1925 and arrived to a civic reception in Auckland.
He died in 1937.

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Year 1972

Reference number F2512

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:17:59

Production company NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL FILM UNIT

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Credits Writter: David Sims
Director: David Sims
Photography: Kell Fowler
Sound: John Lowe
Sound: J Van Der Reyden
Music: Brian Hands
Graphics: Martin Townsend
Special Effects: Cecil Forsberg
Special Effects: Martin Townsend
Rutherford’s Voice: Grant Tilly
Biographical Research: Helen M Gray
Assistant Cameraman: Bruce Dunn
Producer: David H Fowler
Executive Producer: Geoffrey Scott
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Professor Peter Fowler
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Professor Dch Florance
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Lady Marsden
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Mrs L Broadridge
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Alexander Turnbull Library
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Cavendish Laboratory
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: University Of Cambridge
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: University Of Canterbury
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: University Of Auckland
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Royal Society Of New Zealand
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Nelson Provincial Museum
The Producer Thank For Their Assistance: Nelson College
Graphics: Cecil Forsberg