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Physicist. A scientific polymath, Bernal was Professor of Physics (1938–1963) and the first Professor of Crystallography (1963–1968) at Birkbeck College, London University. His research included work on the tobacco mosaic virus, sex hormones, the structure and property of water and the chemical processes involved in the origin of matter. His publications include The Social Functions of Science (1939) and Science in History (1954).
oil on canvas
H 121.9 x W 91.4 cm