Rutherford-Bohr Model of the Atom

  • Ervin B. PodgoršakEmail author
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


This chapter is devoted to a discussion of the Rutherford—Bohr model of the atom. The two giants of modern physics, Rutherford and Bohr, have not collaborated on the model; however, they both made a major contribution to it; Rutherford by introducing the concept of the atomic nucleus with electrons revolving about the nucleus in a cloud and Bohr by introducing the idea of electron angular momentum quantization and by deriving from first principles the kinematics of the hydrogen atom and one-electron atoms in general.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical PhysicsCentre universitaire de santé McGill, McGill University Health CentreMontréalCanada

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