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William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and SonThe Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science$
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John Jenkin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235209.001.0001

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Towards research

Towards research

(p.133) 8 Towards research
William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son

John Jenkin

Oxford University Press

William explored teaching problems beyond the textbooks and was encouraged by AAAS meetings and the need to nominate students for the new 1851 Exhibition Research Scholarships. Lawrence began his education, loved his grandparents' rambling home, and enjoyed family holidays by the sea. William led the development of a student union. His extension lectures were over-subscribed, particularly those on radio and the new X-rays. Willie fractured an elbow, which was X-rayed in his father's laboratory, a sign of the collaboration to come. William continued to facilitate University/School of Mines interaction and to foster teacher training and support. Ernest Rutherford, on his way to Cambridge, visited William at the university. Sir Thomas Elder's will funded a new Conservatorium of Music.

Keywords:   radio, X-rays, Willie Bragg, student union, extension lectures, Ernest Rutherford, Sir Thomas Elder, Conservatorium of Music

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