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This painting is part of a series depicting scientific apparatus on display in the Royal Institution’s museum. The apparatus shown is a Coolidge Tube, which creates X-rays by sending an electrical current through a vacuum. Tubes of this type were used by William and Lawrence Bragg as an X-ray source. Using X-rays the Braggs were able to determine the atomic structure of crystals in 1912. They won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1915 for their discovery and, at age 25, Lawrence Bragg remains the youngest ever Nobel prize winner.
oil on canvas
25 x 45.4 cm
gift from Dr Mary Joyce Pickersgill, 2010
The Royal Institution
21 Albermarle Street, London, Greater London W1S 4BS EnglandView venue
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