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William Lawrence Bragg

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Dates

March 31, 1890 – July 01, 1971

Authorized Form of Name

Bragg, William Lawrence, Sir, 1890-1971

Additional Forms of Names

Bragg, Lawrence

Bragg, Lawrence, Sir, 1890-1971

Bragg, W. Lawrence, Sir (William Lawrence)

Bragg, William L.

Bragg, William Lawrence, 1890-1971

Брэгг, Уильям Лоуренс, 1890-1971

Biography

Abstract

Sir William Lawrence Bragg was a crystallographer. His studies established the relationship between the wavelength x-rays on the crystal structure. He and his father William Henry Bragg were awarded the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics "for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays."

Important Dates

March 31, 1890Birth, Adelaide (S.A.).

1908Obtained first-class honours degree in mathematics, Adelaide University, Adelaide (S.A.).

1912Obtained first-class honours degree in Natural Science Tripos, Trinity College, Cambridge (England).

1914Awarded Bernard Medal, United States Academy of Sciences.

1914 – 1915Fellow and Lecturer in Natural Science, Trinity College, Cambridge (England).

1915Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics along with his father Henry William Bragg "for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays".

1915 – 1919Technical Adviser on Sound Ranging, Map Section, G.H.Q., France.

1918Awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

1919 – 1937Langworthy Professor of Physics, Manchester University, Manchester (England).

1921Fellow, Royal Society.

1931Awarded Hughes Medal, Royal Society.

1934Co-wrote "The Crystalline State" with father William Henry Bragg.

1936Co-wrote "Electricity" with father William Henry Bragg.

1937Co-wrote "Atomic Structure of Minerals" with father William Henry Bragg.

1937 – 1938Director, National Physical Laboratory, London (England).

1938 – 1953Cavendish Professor of Experimental Physics, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1941Knighted.

1946Awarded Royal Medal, Royal Society.

1948Awarded Roebling Medal, Mineralogical Society of America.

1954 – 1956Director, Royal Institution of London, London (England).

1958 – 1960Chairman, Frequency Advisory Committee.

July 1, 1971Death, Ipswich (England).

Occupation

Crystallographer.

Places

Birth

Adelaide (S.A.)

Undergraduate Education

Adelaide (S.A.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (England)

Employment

Cambridge (England)

Manchester (England)

London (England)

Death

Ipswich (England)

Subjects

Crystallography.

X-rays.

Relationships

People

Family

Bragg, Alice Grace Jenny Hopkinson

Wife.

Bragg, Gwendoline Todd

Mother.

Bragg, William Henry, 1862-1942

Father. PhD advisor at University of Leeds and awarded 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics with son William Lawrence Bragg.

Advisors & Collaborators

Bailey, S. W.

Advised by Bragg at University of Cambridge.

Brindley, George William, 1905-

Advised by Bragg at University of Manchester.

Dunitz, Jack D.

Advised by Bragg at the Royal Institution.

Fankuchen, Isidor, 1904-1964

Post doctorally advised by Bragg at University of Manchester.

Hirsch, P. B. (Peter Bernhard)

Advised by Bragg at University of Cambridge.

James, R. W. (Reginald William),

Advised by Bragg at University of Manchester.

Kendrew, John C. (John Cowdery),

Advised by Bragg at University of Cambridge.

Perutz, Max F.

Post doctorally advised by Bragg at University of Cambridge.

Ross, M. A. S.

Advised by Bragg at University of Manchester.

Ryle, Martin, 1918-1984

Advised by Bragg at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Schuster, Arthur, Sir, 1851-1934

PhD advisor at University of Manchester.

Signer, Rudolph, 1903-1990

Post doctorally advised by Bragg at University of Manchester.

Taylor, W. H.

Advised by Bragg at University of Manchester.

Thomson, J. J. (Joseph John), 1856-1940

PhD advisor at University of Cambridge.

Tolansky, S. (Samuel),

Advised by Bragg at University of Manchester.

Warren, B. E. (Bertram Eugene), 1902-

Post doctorally advised by Bragg at University of Manchester.

Wilson, A. J. C. (Arthur James Cochran), 1914-

Advised by Bragg at University of Cambridge.

Additional

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Born, Max, 1882-1970

Cockcroft, John, Sir, 1897-1967

Laue, Max von, 1879-1960

Merritt, Ernest, 1865-1948

Mott, N. F. (Nevill Francis), Sir, 1905-1996

Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937

Shankland, Robert S., 1908-

Siegbahn, Manne, 1886-1978

Venter, J. Craig

Institutions

Major Positions

National Physical Laboratory (Great Britain).

Director.

Royal Institution (Great Britain).

Director.

Trinity College (University of Cambridge)

Obtained first-class honours degree in Natural Science Tripos (1912). Fellow and Lecturer in Natural Science.

University of Cambridge. Department of Physics

Cavendish Professor of Experimental Physics.

University of Manchester

Langworthy Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Crystallographic Association

American Physical Society

Columbia University. Department of Physics

J. Craig Venter Institute

Mineralogical Society of America

Awarded 1948 Roebling Medal.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Awarded 1914 Bernard Medal.

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Fellow and awarded 1931 Hughes Medal and 1946 Royal Medal.

University of Adelaide

Obtained first-class honours degree in Mathematics (1908).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

History of protein analysis [sound recording]: delivered at the American Crystallographic Association meeting, 1967.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral History interview with Sir William Lawrence Bragg, 1969 June 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Sir William Lawrence Bragg, 1970.

Manuscript Section

National Library of Australia

Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Subject

Columbia University Department of Physics Historical Records, 1862-1997.

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Columbia University

Butler Library, 6th Floor East, New York, NY 10027, USA

Ernest Merritt early American Physical Society movies [video recording], 1930-1934.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

J. Craig Venter Institute history of molecular biology collection, 1909-2000.

Archives

J. Craig Venter Institute

4120 Capricorn Lane, La Jolla, CA 92037

Published Resources

Subject

Encyclopaedia Britannica - Sir Lawrence Bragg

Lawrence Bragg Nobel Prize biography.