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Published on December 4th, 2012 | by webadmin


Celebrating 100 years of X-ray crystallography

100 Year Anniversary of Old Scholar and Nobel Laureate Sir Lawrence (William) Bragg’s Celebrating 100 years of X-ray crystallography

‘”We are now able to look ten thousand times deeper into the structure of the matter that makes up our universe than when we had to depend on the microscope alone,” Sir William Henry Bragg

In 1915, University of Adelaide mathematics and physics lecturer, William Henry Bragg and his son St Peter’s College Old Scholar Lawrence (William Lawrence), a graduate of the same fields, certainly had something to brag about. The duo was jointly awarded a Nobel Prize for their discovery and experimentation of X-ray crystallography. Their discovery was so significant that 100 years on it still impacts many aspects of our lives – from determining the structure of DNA and proteins, to the development of new drugs and chemicals. As the only father and son duo to have been awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize, they are today recognised as one of the most scientifically brilliant teams in history.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, and Patron of the Rex J Lipman program at St Peter’s College and the recent Director of the Royal Institution of London best surmised their impact when she said of the Braggs, ‘The Braggs’ contribution was the first step towards the mapping of the genome, molecular biology, and all the genetic modifications, for good or ill, that will characterise much of our lives, and much of those of our children and grandchildren in the 21st century’.

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