Diamond Dialogue

History snippets, factoids, photos & more

  

Anna  Warren, Senior Support Scientist, considering the Bragg's Law equation.
Courtesy of Max Alexander

Elsie McGill, the world's first female aircraft designer (1938).
Elsie McGill, the world's first female aircraft designer (1938).

HERO FROM HISTORY

 
Elsie MacGill was the world’s first female aircraft designer and a pivotal figure in engineering history. Canadian-born MacGill worked as an engineer throughout the Second World War, building Hurricane fighter planes for the Royal Air Force.
 
She went on to become a technical adviser for the International Civil Aviation Organization and was the first woman to chair a United Nations committee, chosen for her expertise in aircraft safety.
 
MacGill also did a great deal for the standing of women in science and engineering, eventually receiving the Order of Canada for her work on women’s rights. Elsie became so recognised as a figurehead of engineering that she even featured in a US comic book: Elsie MacGill – Queen of the Hurricanes! 
Henry Moseley, chemist in Oxford (1910).
Henry Moseley, chemist in Oxford (1910).

RECOMMEND VIEWING

 

Diamond’s film, Henry Moseley: Scientist Killed in Action, celebrates the life and legacy of one of science’s unsung heroes. You can watch it online at: http://www.diamond.ac.uk/films

 

 

Nanoscience beamline at Diamond Light Source.
Nanoscience beamline at Diamond Light Source.

DIAMOND CAPTURED

 

Diamond is one of the UK’s most impressive buildings, but here’s a side of the synchrotron you wouldn’t normally see. This is a part of the equipment on Diamond's Nanoscience beamline I06.

 

Be bright!
Be bright!

 

DID YOU KNOW?



The Large Hadron Collider at CERN smashes particles together to explore their fundamental characteristics.

But Diamond speeds electrons around in a circuit to make synchrotron light; no smashing involved!

Read more about cutting edge research in Diamond's popular science magazine:

 

 

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