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Biographical entry Bragg, William Henry (1862 - 1942)

FRS

Born
2 July 1862
Westward near Wigton, Cumberland, England
Died
12 March 1942
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Sir William Henry Bragg was Professor of Physics and Mathematics, University of Adelaide 1886-1909, Professor at the University of Leeds 1909-1915, and University College, London 1915-1923, and Director of the Royal Institution to 1942. In 1915 he shared the Nobel Prize for physics with his son, William Lawrence Bragg.

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Born Westward near Wigton, Cumberland, England, 2 July 1862. Died London, 12 March 1942. CBE 1917, KBE 1920, Order of Merit 1931. Educated University of Cambridge. Professor of Physics and Mathematics, University of Adelaide 1886-1909, Professor at the University of Leeds 1909-15, and University College, London 1915-23, and Director of the Royal Institution to 1942. Fellow, Royal Society 1906; Rumford Medal, Royal Society 1916; Copley Medal, Royal Society 1930; President, Royal Society 1935-40.

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • John Percival Vissing Madsen - Records, 1906 - 1969, MS 072; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide

  • William H. Bragg and William L. (Lawrence) Bragg - Research Records of John Jenkin, MSS 0144; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Grant, Kerr, The Life and Work of Sir William Bragg (Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1952). Details
  • Hunter, Graeme K., Light is a Messenger: the Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), 301 pp. Details
  • Jenkin, John, The Bragg Family in Adelaide: a Pictorial Celebration (Adelaide: University of Adelaide, 1986). Details
  • Jenkin, John, William and Lawrence Bragg: the Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 458 pp. Details
  • South Australian Museum, Bragg About Adelaide: Two Men, a Science Revolution, a Nobel Prize, it all Started Here (Adelaide: South Australian Museum, 2005), 35 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Beale, R, 'William and Lawrence Bragg' in Australia's Nobel Laureates - Adventures in Innovation (Sydney: ABIE Australian Business and Investment Explorer, 2004), pp. 24-33. Details
  • Debs, Talal, 'Sir William Henry Bragg, 1862-1942' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Details

Journal Articles

  • Beyler, Richard, 'William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: the Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science', Annals of Science, 67 (1) (2010), 137-9. Details
  • Cooper, B. J., 'Bragg, Mawson and Brown, and the Early Uranium Discoveries in South Australia', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 133 (2009), 199-218 . Details
  • Grant, Kerr, 'Obituary: Sir William Henry Bragg, OM, FRS, KBE', Australian Journal of Science, 4 (5) (1942), 152-153. Details
  • Home, R. W., 'W.H. Bragg and J.P.V. Madsen: Collaboration and Correspondence, 1905-1911', Historical Records of Australian Science, 5 (2) (1981), 1-29. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9810520001.htm. Details
  • Home, R. W., 'The Problem of Intellectual Isolation in Scientific Life: W.H. Bragg and the Australian Scientific Community, 1886-1909', Historical Records of Australian Science, 6 (1) (1984), 19-30. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9840610019.htm. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'William Henry Bragg, 1862-1942: Man and Scientist, by G.M. Caroe', Australian Physicist, 20 (1983), 179-180. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'The 1901 Royal Visit to Adelaide: an Account by William and Gwendoline Bragg', Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, 14 (1986), 19-34. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'William Bragg in Adelaide: and Finally Golf', Australian Physicist, 23 (1986), 138-140. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'W. H. Bragg and the Public Image of Science in Australia', Search, 18 (1) (1987), 34-37. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'A Unique Partnership: William and Lawrence Bragg and the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics', Minerva, 39 (2001), 373-392. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'William Henry Bragg in Adelaide: Beginning Research at a Colonial Locality', Isis, 95 (1) (2004), 58-90. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'Braggs' law or Bragg's law?', Australian Physicist, 49 (2012), 72.9. Details
  • Jenkin, John G., 'William Bragg in Adelaide; Tennis Too!', Australian Physicist, 18 (4) (1981), 69-70. Details
  • Jenkin, John G., 'Letter to the Editor About William Bragg and Tennis at Cambridge', Australian Physicist, 18 (7) (1981), 131. Details
  • Jenkin, John G., 'The Appointment of W.H. Bragg, FRS, to the University of Adelaide', Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 40 (1) (1985), 75-79. Details
  • Mills, Allan, 'The Early Years of William Bragg', Scientific Instrument Society Bulletin (2010), 8-9. Details
  • Patterson, John and George, Robert, 'William Henry Bragg, man and scientist: Nobel laureate and first Professor of Physics, University of Adelaide 1886 to 1909', Australian Physics, 52 (6) (2015), 192-6. Details
  • Thomas, John Meurig, 'Picking winners: W. H. and W. L. Bragg at the Royal Institution', Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 65 (2011), 163-82. Details
  • Tomlin, S. G., 'William Henry Bragg 1862-1942', Australian Physicist, 13 (6) (1976), 97-99. Details

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Resource Sections

Reviews

  • Jenkin, John, 'William Henry Bragg 1862-1942: man and scientist'
    Jenkin, John, Historical Records of Australian Science, 5 (2), (1981), 123-124. http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=HR9810520123.pdf. Details
  • Jenkin, John, William and Lawrence Bragg: the Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science (2007)
    Macleod, Roy, Historical Records of Australian Science, 20 (1), (2009), 131-133. Details
  • Jenkin, John, William and Lawrence Bragg: the Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science (2007)
    Wheaton, Bruce R., Isis, 103, (2012), 605-6. Details

See also

McCarthy, G.J.