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Light is a Messenger: The Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg

Graeme K. Hunter

Abstract

This book is a biography of William Lawrence Bragg, who was only twenty-five when he won the 1915 Nobel Prize in physics — the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. It describes how Bragg discovered the use of X-rays to determine the arrangement of atoms in crystals and his pivotal role in developing this technique to the point that structures of the most complex molecules known to man — the proteins and nucleic acids — could be solved. Although Bragg's Nobel Prize was for physics, his research profoundly affected chemistry and the new field of molecular biology, of which he became a foun ... More

Keywords: William Lawrence Bragg, Nobel Prize, X-rays, Sir William Bragg, Linus Pauling, physics, chemistry, molecular biology, proteins, nucleic acids

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198529217
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529217.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graeme K. Hunter, author
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada