Awards & Winners

William Lawrence Bragg

Date of Birth 31-March-1890
Place of Birth North Adelaide
(South Australia)
Nationality Australia, United Kingdom
Also know as William Lawrence Sir Bragg
Profession Physicist
Sir William Lawrence Bragg CH OBE MC FRS was an Australian-born British physicist and X-ray crystallographer, discoverer of the Bragg law of X-ray diffraction, which is basic for the determination of crystal structure. He was joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915: "For their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-ray" an important step in the development of X-ray crystallography. He was knighted in 1941. To date, Lawrence Bragg is the youngest Nobel Laureate, having received the award at the age of 25. He was the director of the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, when the epochal discovery of the structure of DNA was reported by James D. Watson and Francis Crick in February 1953.

Awards by William Lawrence Bragg

Check all the awards nominated and won by William Lawrence Bragg.


Copley Medal
(In recognition of his distinguished contributions to the development of methods of structural determination by X-ray diffraction.)


Hughes Medal
(For his pioneer work on the elucidation of crystal structure by X-ray analysis.)


Nobel Prize in Physics
(for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays)