Collection: MS 81: Bragg Family Collection

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Title: Bragg Family Collection

Level: Collection 

Classmark: MS 81

Creator(s): Bragg, Sir William Henry (1862-1942); Bragg, Sir William Lawrence (1890-1971)

Date: 1912-1977

Main language: English

Size and medium: 2 volumes, 1 postage stamp, 1 letter, 5 papers

Persistent link: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections-explore/615053 

Collection group(s): Medical Collections

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Description

Contains the notebook of experiments made in connection with research on X-rays and the molecular structure of crystals, carried out by Sir William Henry Bragg and his son, Sir (William) Lawrence Bragg, at the University of Leeds in 1913. Accompanied by additional papers, including: reprints of two 19th century papers; a 1977 commemorative stamp, and loose note pages.

Administrative or biographical history

Sir William Henry Bragg (1862-1942) and his son, Sir William Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971), both physicists, were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915 'for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays'. William Henry Bragg was Cavendish Professor of Physics at the University of Leeds between 1909-1915. He was knighted in 1920 and awarded the Order of Merit in 1931.

For full biographies, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:
Talal Debs, ‘Bragg, Sir William Henry (1862–1942)’, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2011 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/32031]

David Phillips (Lord Phillips of Ellesmere), ‘Bragg, Sir (William) Lawrence (1890–1971)’, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Sept 2015 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/30845]

Provenance

The Bragg notebook [MS 81/1] was presented to the University by Sir Lawrence Bragg in 1945. The reprint of Max Laue's papers [MS 81/2] was presented to the Library by Professor E.G. Cox of the Chemistry Department in January 1949, having been given the item by Sir William Bragg.

Previously catalogued under an artificial collection, SC MS Case notes. Catalogue updated as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded Medical Collections Project (2015-2018).

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Crystallography, X-Ray

Physics

Nobel Prize

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