Impact of Structural Science 

 

During the 20th century structural science advanced from the first crystal structures of sodium chloride and diamond to ever-larger structures: proteins such as hemoglobin, DNA, the ribosome, viruses, and even non-crystalline materials. During the century the technology to produce x-rays progressed from the first x-ray tubes to synchrotron radiation to free electron lasers, while computer hardware and software continued to make determining structures faster and more precise. The significance of these scientific discoveries - from biology to materials science - is reflected in the Nobel Prizes awarded in the area of structural science. These discoveries impact our economy, healthcare, and our everyday understanding of the natural world. 


 "History of NSLS - First Light to Shutdown"

Alison Sundermier and Vivian Stojanoff, ACA RefleXions, 2015:2, 47-52

The year was 1982. Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York was celebrating a milestone at its newest facility: the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) had achieved its first light...more