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Kathleen Lonsdale, British chemist

Kathleen Lonsdale, British chemist

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EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES / AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES / AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971, nee Yardley), British chemist and crystallographer. Lonsdale worked with William Henry Bragg on X-ray crystallography, joining his research team at the Royal Institution. The pioneering work carried out by their team included establishing the structure of benzene (1929) and hexachlorobenzene (1931). Lonsdale was one of the first two women elected Fellow of the Royal Society (1948) and she was the first woman professor at University College London (1949). She married in 1927, and was made a Dame (DBE) in 1956. Photographed in 1968.

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