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Sir William Henry Bragg

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Sir William Henry Bragg

by Randolph Schwabe
pencil, 1932
11 1/2 in. x 8 1/8 in. (292 mm x 206 mm)
Given by Contemporary Portraits Fund, 1945
Primary Collection
NPG 3255

Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948), Draughtsman and printmaker. Artist or producer associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Hackmann, W.D., Apples and Atoms: Portraits of Scientists from Newton to Rutherford, 1986, p. 72
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 73

Events of 1932back to top

Current affairs

Sir Oswald Mosley forms the British Union of Fascists. Mosley's party - nicknamed the Black Shirts after their uniform - was founded along the lines of Mussolini's Fascist Party in Italy and called for the replacement of parliamentary democracy with a system of elected executives. During the war Mosley was interned and the BUF was proscribed.

Art and science

John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton 'split the atom'. In fact, Cockcroft and Walton's achievement was to change the nucleus of one element into another by bombarding it with protons, rather than to literally spit an atom apart. Nevertheless 'splitting the atom' has become the popular way of describing this important stage in the development of nuclear technology.

International

Saudi Arabia is formed by the unification of the Kingdoms of Hijaz and Nejd under King Abdul Aziz.
Iraq is granted independence from the British mandate established by the League of Nations in 1919-20.

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