Celebrating 100 years of X-ray diffraction

Laue centennial issue

This special issue of Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations
of Crystallography commemorates the observation of X-ray
diffraction in crystals by Walter Friedrich, Paul Knipping
and Max von Laue in 1912, one of the most important
discoveries in the history of science.

Enjoy free access to articles that describe the development
of crystallography in the 19th century, the scientific
environment in which the Laue experiment took place, the
development of diffraction theory, and the history of
structure analysis.

Read Max von Laue’s memoirs and anecdotes at


FREE copies of the Laue centennial issue will be available
(while stocks last) from the IUCr exhibition booth at the
following meetings:

Laue Day and 20th Annual Meeting of the German Crystallographic Society
12-15 March 2012
Munich, Germany

2012 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association
28 July-1 August 2012
Boston, MA, USA

27th European Crystallographic Meeting
6-11 August 2012
Bergen, Norway

Meeting of the Asian Crystallographic Society and Bragg Symposium
2-6 December 2012
Adelaide, Australia


50 years ago
Go to http://www.iucr.org/gallery/1962 to see a photograph of Paul
Ewald, former IUCr President and Editor of Acta Crystallographica,
and Arthur Wilson, former Editor of Acta Crystallographica and
International Tables, at the 1962 Munich meeting that commemorated
the 50th anniversary of the discovery of X-ray diffraction by
von Laue and his assistants.

Read a report of the 1962 Munich meeting at