Leeds University Library

Bragg’s X-ray notebook

Published Friday 15 November 2013

Excerpt from the Bragg notebook

Birth of crystallography now online

The Library has digitised the original Bragg notebook recording the pioneering work of the father and son team at Leeds, to celebrate the Bragg Centenary 1913-2013. 

The notebook contains handwritten results and diagrams of the first ground-breaking experiments carried out at Leeds, which led to the discovery of X-ray spectra and the principles of crystallography.

This work won William Henry and William Lawrence Bragg the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915, led to the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA, and continues to exert a profound effect in a diverse number of fields today.

The University has hosted a number of events to celebrate the centenary year, which will culminate on 21 November when Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman will visit the University to deliver a special guest lecture.

Find out more and book a place.