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Golden Atoms - The Ernest Rutherford Medals
Mark Stocker

Canterbury University Press 1999
ISBN 0-908812-89-2
88 pages. Soft Cover.
19 black/white photos, 9 colour photos.

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NZ$20

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During his lifetime Ernest Rutherford was presented with awards and medals from around the world. The Rutherford Collection of medals is probably the world's finest assemblage of medals awarded to one person. In 1917 Rutherford made additions to his will, prior to sailing the U-boat laced Atlantic. (His dangerous journey was necessary in order to impart the Allies knowledge of submarine detection to the Americans who had finally entered World War 1.) One addition to the will was to leave his medals to his wife to ultimately hand over to their daugther Eileen. Unfortunately Eileen predeceased both, dying just after the birth of her 4th child. After Ern's death the collection of over 33 medals and the insignia of the Order of Merit was presented to his Alma Mater, Canterbury College, now the University of Canterbury.

Mark Stocker is in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Canterbury. This book comprises a catalogue of the medals, a good illustration of obverse and reverse of most and a discussion on the artistic side of the medals and their designers. The medals are now listed as being in the University of Canterbury Art Collection.

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Contents

Preface

7

Chapter
1 Splitting the Medals

9

2 Golden Gifts

11

3 No Connoiseur

14

4 From Rocco to Realism

17

5 The Belle Equoque Medals

23

6 American Beaux-Arts Medals

27

7 Twentieth-century British Medals

30

8 A Miscellany of Medals

35

9 Rutherford in Retrospect

39

Notes

42

Illustrations

47

Catalogue of Medals

67

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