Welcome to the History Portal of the ACA


The ACA History Project showcases and preserves the history of crystallography, X-ray diffraction, and structural science through online access, articles in ACA RefleXions quarterly magazine, and videos to our YouTube channel.  


In celebration of the international nature of structural science, here are links to other history resources. For example, Elspeth Garman gave the 2016 Rosalind Franklin lecture, "From chocolate to drug discovery - what crystallography has done for the world."

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Latest Additions

Mike James is celebrating 50 years at University of Alberta.

In his 2009 Buerger Award lecture he gives some highlights from his career in protein crystallography.

Winnie Wong-Ng: Living History

Wong-Ng recalls her odyssey from China and Hong Kong to the US and Canada, finally to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where the broad scope of her research illustrates the wide variety of questions that can be answered by X-ray diffraction.

Elspeth Garman, "Travels in Protein Crystallography"

In her Fankuchen Award lecture Elspeth describes how she determined the radiation dose maximum for protein crystals as well as humorous vignettes from her career.

David Haas: Living History

David Haas describes his ground-breaking experiments with freezing crystals to decrease radiation damage, as well as his subsequent work in airport security systems.

Now OVER 70 Scientists on People List

Our People List features information about crystallographers and scientists who use crystallography.

Contribute Your Memoir and Photographs


Tell us about your career in government, industry, or academia. We are interested in all aspects of the history of structural science, crystallography, and x-ray diffraction — instrumentation, teaching, research advances, research groups and organizations. Potential authors are encouraged to contact Virginia Pett.

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