The Reporter
ssue 492, 29 September 2003
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Remembering Leeds Nobel prizewinners


The pioneering research at Leeds into X-ray crystal structure analysis by William and Laurence Bragg, which led to their Nobel Prize in 1915, was celebrated at a Royal Society of Chemistry event at the University. Although the prize was in physics, the Braggs’ work has had an enormous influence on many scientific fields, particularly chemistry and molecular biology.

The event was attended by Laurence Bragg’s daughter, Lady Heath and grandson, Sir Charles Bragg and several Leeds PhDs of the 1950s. Professor Durward Cruickshank gave an overview of the Braggs’ work, showing how, along with research into textile structure by Leeds lecturer William Astbury, it paved the way for the discovery of DNA.



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