Major Anniversaries in 2021
150 years since the birth of New Zealand-born British physicist Ernest Rutherford, often known by the soubriquet 'Father of nuclear physics' and thought by some to be the greatest experimental scientist since Faraday
150 years since the death of Charles Babbage, English mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer who is best known for creating the concept of a digital programmable computer
150 years since English scientist John William Strut, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, described 'Rayleigh scattering', which explains why the sky appears blue
150 years since the birth of English inventor Hubert Cecil Booth, best known for inventing the vacuum cleaner and the Ferris wheel
125 years since the discovery of radioactivity by French scientist Henri Becquerel
125 years since the death of Welsh judge and physical scientist William Robert Grove, best known for anticipating the general theory of the conservation of energy and a pioneer of fuel cell technology
125 years since the death of English designer William Morris, the driving force behind the Arts and Crafts design style
100 years since the death of Scottish inventor and veterinary surgeon John Boyd Dunlop, best known for creating the first practical pneumatic rubber tyres and founder of the company that carries his name
100 years since foundation of the Royal British Legion to support British military veterans
100 years since the isolation of insulin by Canadian physician John Macleod and his American colleague Charles Herbert Best