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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June 1, 1937)

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The most distinguished of living New Zealanders, and one of the leading scientists in the world—indeed he is considered by many the greatest of all scientific investigators to-day—is our first New Zealand-born peer of the realm, Lord Rutherford of Nelson. The most intellectual man that this country has produced, he has penetrated most deeply into the mysteries of the physical world, and his discoveries have made him a figure regarded with reverence by the scientists of the earth. He has been described as “Britain's No. 1 Scientist.” His discoveries have won him world-wide honours, but he is the most modest of men, delighting in the quiet life in his English home and in his laboratory work at Cambridge. He is Chairman of the British Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, and at sixty-six years of age is still working away eagerly in the field of research which has yielded up to him and his colleagues such wonderful results. It has been said of him that the school of research he has created will produces “discoveries that will change the course of history and that will transform the economics of human life as we live it to-day.”

Baron Ernest Rutherford of Nelson, O.M., M.A., D.Sc., F.R.S. (From a painting by Oswald Birley, R.P. in the National Art Gallery, Wellington.)

Baron Ernest Rutherford of Nelson, O.M., M.A., D.Sc., F.R.S. (From a painting by Oswald Birley, R.P. in the National Art Gallery, Wellington.)