Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale crystallographer discovered structures of benzene, hexachlorobenzene

Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale – discoverer of benzene structure by X-ray diffraction

Article on Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale

Biography & contributions

Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale was born on January 28, 1903.Lonsdale was a crystallographer

In 1929 she proved that the benzene ring was flat by X-ray diffraction.Lonsdale discovered structures of benzene and hexachlorobenzene

She also worked on the synthesis of diamonds.Lonsdale was a pioneer in the use of X-rays.

She made an intensive study of the magnetic anisotropy of crystals

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