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Killed in action at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915, aged just twenty-seven, Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley was widely regarded as the most promising British physicist of his generation. His pioneering measurements of X-ray spectra provided a firm basis for the concept of atomic number and re-cast the periodic table of the elements into its modern form. Had he survived, he seemed destined to win a Nobel Prize.
Drawing on material from the recently published book 'For Science, King and Country' (Unicorn Publishing Group, September 2018), this lecture will explore Moseley's short life and ongoing legacy.
With Russell Egdell, Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oxford
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