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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 20 (2015) pp 124-132

Nobel Prizes During World War I (1914–1918), Part 4: The Bragg Dynasty: Sir William Henry Bragg (1862–1942) and Sir William Lawrence Bragg (1890–1971)

George B. Kauffman*and Jean-Pierre Adloff

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,; Honorary Professor, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France F-67100,

Published: 7 May 2015

Abstract. The Nobel Prize in Physics for 1915 was awarded to Sir William Henry Bragg (1862–1942) and his son, William Lawrence Bragg (1890–1971), “for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays.” The Braggs’ lives and careers with an emphasis on their Nobel-winning research are discussed.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Nobel Prizes; Father-Son Nobel Laureates; World War I; World War II; Biography; History of Physics; X-Rays; X-Ray Diffraction

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