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Crystal ClearThe Autobiographies of Sir Lawrence and Lady Bragg$
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A.M. Glazer and Patience Thomson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744306.001.0001

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Meet my Mother and Father (by Patience Thomson)

Meet my Mother and Father (by Patience Thomson)

(p.1) 1 Meet my Mother and Father (by Patience Thomson)
Crystal Clear

A.M. Glazer

Patience Thomson

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, Patience Thomson, the younger daughter of William Lawrence Bragg and Alice Bragg (née Hopkinson), uses anecdotes and vignettes to bring alive her parents as real people and vibrant personalities. This chapter is intentionally not a chronicle of their lives; rather, it is a series of sketches illustrating different facets of their characters, their lifestyle, their attitudes and their feelings. The chapter first describes Alice Bragg’s roots, upbringing, education, public life, interests and values. The chapter then turns to William Lawrence Bragg, describing his roots, his wife’s view of him, the mutual attraction between him and his wife and his role in family life. The chapter concludes with a recollection of the various homes in which the Bragg family lived and their lives there.

Keywords:   Patience Thomson, William Lawrence Bragg, Alice Bragg, Hopkinson, Bragg family

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