William Henry Bragg

Sir William Henry Bragg OM KBE PRS (2 July 1862 – 12 March 1942) was an English physicist, chemist, mathematician, and active sportsman who uniquely[1] shared a Nobel Prize with his son Lawrence Bragg – the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics: "for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays".[2] The mineral Braggite is named after him and his son. He was knighted in 1920.


William Henry Bragg

Born(1862-07-02)2 July 1862
Wigton, Cumberland, United Kingdom
Died12 March 1942(1942-03-12) (aged 79)
London, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Known forX-ray diffraction
X-ray spectroscopy
Bragg's law
Bragg peak
Bragg–Gray cavity theory
Bragg–Paul Pulsator
AwardsNobel Prize in Physics (1915)
Barnard Medal (1915)
Matteucci Medal (1915)
Rumford Medal (1916)
Copley Medal (1930)
Faraday Medal (1936)
John J. Carty Award (1939)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics
InstitutionsUniversity of Adelaide
University of Leeds
University College London
Royal Institution
Academic advisorsJ. J. Thomson
Notable studentsW. L. Bragg
Kathleen Lonsdale
William Thomas Astbury
John Desmond Bernal
John Burton Cleland
Notes
He is the father of Lawrence Bragg. Father and son jointly won the Nobel Prize.