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A collection of video and audio digitised recordings of noteworthy people and events, mostly with a Manchester connection.



Ernest Rutherford (1931) His Göttingen Lecture. Includes chairman Max Born. Full of typical Rutherford sound-bites. 14th Dec 1931.
J J Thomson (1934) JJ ponders the discovery of the electron, useless in 1897, but which then powered the world's GDP. His words are timeless. 18th Oct 1934.
Ernest Rutherford (1935) ER ponders his laboratory filled with the swift flying fragments of exploding atoms. Dec 1935.
W H Bragg (1934) One possible connection with Manchester is that his son was Director of the Physical Laboratories. 6th Dec 1934.
Oliver Lodge (1934) One possible connection with Manchester is that he was at the opposite end of the east Lancs Road to Manchester. 6th Dec 1934.
James Chadwick (1944) A visibly tortured Chadwick thinks you might be interested in hearing the inside story of the discovery of the neutron. Keep your eye on his hands, writhing like two embracing octopodes.
Miscellaneous (1947) John Cockcroft, Otto Frisch and others. A series of short clips.
Rutherford Jubilee Conference (1961)

The boys were back in town, 50 years on, to talk about the discovery days. There are talks by Ernest Marsden, Edward Andrade and Charles Darwin plus short statements by Niels Bohr and Emilio Segré.

The Education of Physicists between the Wars (1985) A one day meeting at the Science and Industry Museum. Talks by Bill Burcham,Thomas Allibone, Nevill Mott, Samuel Curran, Nicholas Kurti and Henry Lipson.
Bragg Centenary (1990) A one day meeting in the Schuster Building. Talks by Henry Lipson, Nevill Mott, Arnold Beevers, Michael Hart, Dorothy Hodgkin, John Helliwell & Sergey Kapitza. Introductions by Henry Hall, David Sandiford & Max Irvine. 21st March 1990.
Blackett Centenary lecture (1997) A tour de force biography on Blackett, presented by Sir Bernard Lovell, then aged 84, given as part of the V-particle Jubilee Conference in 1997.
George Rochester Lecture A lecture in the Schuster building on the discovery of strange particles.
C C Butler interview (1997) Reminiscences by Butler on the discovery of strange particles.
Rutherford's Desk (2002) A clip from the Channel 4 programme: “Routes: Britain's Nuclear Past”..
Einstein stuff (2005/6) E=mc2 clip. Robin Marshall's lecture “Einsteinly Speaking” and Einstein's first lecture in Britian was in the Whitworth Hall in 1921. It was “re-created” in 2005 and here is the video of the event.



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