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
event was attended by Laurence Braggs
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.