Bragg, William Lawrence, Sir
Born: Mar 31, 1890 AD
Died: 1971 AD, at 81 years of age.
1890 - Born on March 31st in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Australian-born British physicist and X-ray crystallographer.
- Educated at St. Peter's College, Adelaide, and then at Adelaide University, Bragg gained high honours in mathematics at an age when most boys were still in secondary school.
1909 - He went to England to enter Trinity College, Cambridge.
1912 - He was the discoverer of the Bragg law of X-ray diffraction, which is basic for the determination of crystal structure.
1914 - Bragg became a fellow and lecturer in natural sciences at Trinity College.
- He and his father were jointly awarded the Barnard Gold Medal of the U.S. Academy of Sciences, the first of many such honours and awards.
1915 - He was joint winner (with his father, Sir William Bragg) of the Nobel Prize for Physics.
- Bragg served as technical adviser on sound ranging (determining the distance of enemy artillery from the sound of their guns) in the map section of British army headquarters in France.
- He was in France when the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded jointly to his father and himself for demonstrating the use of X rays for revealing the structure of crystals.
1921 - He married Alice Hopkinson, a doctor's daughter, by whom he had two sons and two daughters.
- He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
1937 - Bragg was director of the National Physical Laboratory, but he was impatient with committee work.
1941 - He was knighted as Sir Lawrence Bragg.
1954 - Bragg became director of the Royal Institution, London.
1965 - Bragg retired from active scientific work.
1971 - Died on July 1st in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
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