Cavendish Laboratory research students, 1897.
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This picture shows the students working on physics research at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK, in June 1897. These men were working under Joseph J Thomson (1856-1940), the man who discovered the electron and who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1906. Notable amongst this Clas of '97 are C T R Wilson (1869-1959), who won the Nobel Prize in 1927 for his development of the cloud chamber, and E Rutherford (1871- 1937) who worked on the conductivity produced in air by X- rays. Eventually, he proved the existance of alpha, beta and gamma rays in radiation.