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Crystal ClearThe Autobiographies of Sir Lawrence and Lady Bragg$
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A.M. Glazer and Patience Thomson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744306.001.0001

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William Lawrence Bragg (In his own Words)

William Lawrence Bragg (In his own Words)

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Crystal Clear

A.M. Glazer

Patience Thomson

Oxford University Press

This chapter contains William Lawrence Bragg (WLB)’s recollection of his life, starting with a description of his early boyhood growing up in Adelaide, Australia, and his family’s move to England. It then describes WLB’s time at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, where he made his first major scientific discovery, which led to the development of the science of X-ray crystallography. It then tells of his experiences during the First World War, when he went to France to develop sound ranging and, with his father, was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1915. Next, the chapter describes the years after the war, when WLB took up a professorship at Manchester and met his future wife, Alice. It concludes with a description of WLB’s return to the Cavendish Laboratory, his work in sound ranging during the Second World War, and the years following the war.

Keywords:   William Lawrence Bragg, Cavendish Laboratory, X-ray crystallography, First World War, Second World War, sound ranging, Manchester, Nobel Prize, Australia, Adelaide

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