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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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Alice Grace Jenny Bragg

Alice Grace Jenny Bragg

‘The Half Was Not Told’

(p.227) 3 Alice Grace Jenny Bragg
Crystal Clear

A.M. Glazer

Patience Thomson

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an outline of the history of Alice Bragg’s family, starting first with her father’s side of the family and then her mother’s side, providing excerpts from her mother’s diary. The chapter then recalls Alice’s childhood in Manchester, her time at boarding school in St Andrews, her experiences during the First World War, and her time at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she first met William Lawrence Bragg (WLB). It proceeds by recounting Alice’s engagement and marriage to WLB, their life in Manchester and their travels abroad. It then describes Alice’s life during the Second World War, when she helped set up the Women’s Voluntary Service. It outlines her developing role in public life and recalls her experiences as Mayor of Cambridge. The chapter concludes by describing life at the Royal Institution, Alice’s increasing involvement in public life and her time with WLB near the end of his life.

Keywords:   William Lawrence Bragg, Alice Bragg, Manchester, St Andrews, Newnham College, First World War, Second World War, Women’s Voluntary Service, Mayor of Cambridge, Royal Institution

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