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Sir William Henry Bragg (1862–1942)

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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William Henry Bragg was a key figure in twentieth century science, serving as President of the Royal Society. With his son Lawrence he won the physics Nobel Prize in 1915 for working out how to determine crystal structures using X-rays. At first they looked at simple crystals but subsequently the method was used for complex organic molecules such as DNA. This portrait was painted while Bragg was Professor at the Royal Institution, living with his family in its second floor flat.

The Royal Institution


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    67 x 62 cm

  • Accession number

    RIIC 0049

  • Acquisition method

    commissioned and given by Royal Institution Officers and Members, 1933


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