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  1. Thank you, it’s a wonderful post. Rutherford was my uncle who I knew only a little when he was able to travel each year to London to visit family.

    I learnt so much about my own uncle when I attended the memorial service last year, I knew some stories like his who’s who entry (that also found it’s way into Time Magazine), although I lacked some of the details. It may interest you to know that the reason why he refers to sporting books in his fake entry was because he doesn’t like them (any of them!) He played pranks often, not the typical thing you might expect from a Professor!

  2. That does interest me indeed! I suppose there are so many subtlties to his entry that we may never understand.

    From what I have been told of him, he was the quintessential scientist before professors had to spend the majority of their time writing grants and dealing with the beauracracy of university life.

    I have certainly enjoyed tracing my scientific “lineage.”

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