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Lord Rutherford, a New Zealand physicist and chemist, made major contributions to his respective research fields during the early 20th century. In honour of his contributions, the 104th element was named rutherfordium.
Two groups of scientists discovered this element independently during the 1960s – one group from Russia in 1964 and the other from the United States in 1969.
Rutherfordium is a highly radioactive synthetic element. Because of its extremely short half-life, only a few atoms of this element have ever been synthesized. For this reason, rutherfordium is of research interest only and has no applications.