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X-ray Crystallography, Martin Buerger, 1930–1986

As a graduate student in mineralogy at MIT in the late 1920s, Martin Buerger became interested in the way that the structures of crystals changed their properties. The precision and order of the rules expressed in crystals appealed to his strong Lutheran faith, and the properties still left to discover appealed to his scientific curiosity. Buerger used the new technique of X-ray diffraction, looking at the patterns made by bouncing X-rays off a crystal, to study the arrangement of atoms in crystals. He built his own equipment from the designs proposed in scientific papers, sometimes even before the original authors had finished their own versions, and invented new instruments for making accurate models like the ones shown here. The author of over 250 technical papers and the classic textbooks on X-ray crystallography, Buerger was the best-known U.S. crystallographer, the founding president of the Crystallographic Society of America, and a pioneer in the field for more than 50 years.

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    ezekiel korir
    13 Aug 11 at 8:46 am