Those stalwart members present at the 1959 A.G.M. of St Peter's Collegians' Association listened in apoplectic and disbelieving stillness as a renegade, but articulate, old boy made the breath-taking declaration that the Association was moribund.
Recognising that this irreverent denunciation was not entirely inaccurate, and hoping to create the opportunity to enhance the Association's cash flow the secretary diligently produced for the next Committee meeting a report recommending the formation of a St. Peter's Collegians' Club.
William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg were internationally recognised South Australian based pioneers in X-Ray based science.
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William Henry Bragg OM, KBE, FRS and his elder son, William Lawrence Bragg CH, OBE, MC, FRS are two of the most important figures in the history of 20th century science. In 1915 they were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of a method of determining the structure of crystals by means of X-rays; by the late 1930s W.H. Bragg was President of the Royal Society of London and the leading scientist in Britain, while W.L. Bragg held the most prestigious chair in the English- speaking world, the Cavendish at Cambridge. It was here in the early 1950s that Crick and Watson discovered the structure of DNA, based upon X-ray crystallographic data that the Braggs and their colleagues had done so much to provide, and which ushered in the present biological revolution.