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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 1909-15, and University College, London 1915-23, and Director of the Royal Institution to 1942. In 1915 he shared the Nobel Prize for physics with his son, William Lawrence Bragg.

Details

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.

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

Book Sections

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

Journal Articles

  • Beyler, Richard, 'William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: the Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science', Annals of Science, vol. 67, no. 1, 2010, pp. 137-9. Details
  • Grant, Kerr, 'Obituary: Sir William Henry Bragg, OM, FRS, KBE', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 4, no. 5, 1942, pp. 152-153. Details
  • Home, R. W., 'W.H. Bragg and J.P.V. Madsen: Collaboration and Correspondence, 1905-1911', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 5, no. 2, 1981, pp. 1-29. Also available at 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, vol. 6, no. 1, 1984, pp. 19-30. Also available at 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, vol. 20, 1983, pp. 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, vol. 14, 1986, pp. 19-34. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'William Bragg in Adelaide: and Finally Golf', Australian Physicist, vol. 23, 1986, pp. 138-140. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'W. H. Bragg and the Public Image of Science in Australia', Search, vol. 18, no. 1, 1987, pp. 34-37. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'A Unique Partnership: William and Lawrence Bragg and the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics', Minerva, vol. 39, 2001, pp. 373-392. Details
  • Jenkin, John, 'William Henry Bragg in Adelaide: Beginning Research at a Colonial Locality', Isis, vol. 95, no. 1, 2004, pp. 58-90. Details
  • Jenkin, John G., 'Letter to the Editor About William Bragg and Tennis at Cambridge', Australian Physicist, vol. 18, no. 7, 1981, p. 131. Details
  • Jenkin, John G., 'William Bragg in Adelaide; Tennis Too!', Australian Physicist, vol. 18, no. 4, 1981, pp. 69-70. 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, vol. 40, no. 1, 1985, pp. 75-79. Details
  • Mills, Allan, 'The Early Years of William Bragg', Scientific Instrument Society Bulletin, no. 105, 2010, pp. 8-9. Details
  • Tomlin, S. G., 'William Henry Bragg 1862-1942', Australian Physicist, vol. 13, no. 6, 1976, pp. 97-99. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.