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My life and the world of crystals

Robinson, I; Robinson, S; (2015) My life and the world of crystals. PHYSICA SCRIPTA , 90 (4) , Article ARTN 048003. 10.1088/0031-8949/90/4/048003. Green open access

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Abstract

This is an account of my life and my contributions to crystallography which have led to my receiving the 2015 Aminoff Prize. Periods discussed in this article are childhood influences, formal training at Harvard, life as an independent researcher at Bell Labs, starting the academic routine at Illinois and then London. Three major discoveries are presented in the form of anecdotes, on the silicon 7 × 7 structure, on crystal truncation rods and coherent x-ray diffraction. Much of my work has centered on the need for developing the instrumentation behind the intellectual steps, such as beamlines at the Brookhaven, Argonne, and Diamond synchrotron radiation facilities. This trend continues with the emergence of new possibilities for crystallography using x-ray free-electron lasers

Type: Article
Title: My life and the world of crystals
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1088/0031-8949/90/4/048003
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0031-8949/90/4/048003
Additional information: © 2015 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.
Keywords: beamline, surface, coherence, crystal, structure
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1467892
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