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Durham University

Department of Chemistry

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Judith Howard talks crystallography on Radio 4

(29 November 2012)

Professor Judith Howard was one of the guests on Radio 4 discussing the history of crystallography, the study of crystals and their structure with presenter Melvyn Bragg. 

The discovery in the early 20th century that X-rays could be diffracted by a crystal revolutionised our knowledge of materials. This crystal technology has touched most people's lives, thanks to the vital role it plays in diverse scientific disciplines - from physics and chemistry, to molecular biology and mineralogy. To date, 28 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to scientists working with X-ray crystallography, an indication of its crucial importance.
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