Bragg, William Henry

From Astro-Databank
Jump to: navigation, search
Bragg, William Henry Gender: M
born on 2 July 1862
Place Wigton, England, 54n49, 3w09
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 10°17' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif

William Henry Bragg
photo: Science Museum London / Science and Society Picture Library, license cc-by-sa-2.0


English physicist, mathematician, and teacher whose reputation rests on his pioneering work on the determination of crystal structure by the use of x-ray diffraction. For this achievement, he was awarded the 1915 Nobel Prize for physics with his eldest son, William Lawrence Bragg. Bragg's work advanced understanding of the way atoms bond together to form molecules, and resulted in practical repercussions throughout industry. He is also noted for his efforts to win physics a popular audience, particularly through his acclaimed Christmas lectures for the Royal Society. He died on 12 March 1942 at age 79 in London.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1915 (Nobel Prize)

Source Notes

From the biography William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: The Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science by John Jenkin (OUP Oxford, 2011).

Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified it to 15.34.12 UT.


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Meritorious achievement
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field ("Crystal structure")
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession