Town scientist on plaque shortlist

William Henry Bragg
William Henry Bragg

Forget the general election for now; there’s another Harborough man who needs all your votes before then.

His name is William Henry Bragg, and he died in 1942.

But it would be excellent if you could all vote for him by the closing date of Monday, April 6.

The Market Harborough Grammar School-educated Bragg won a Nobel Prize for physics in 1915 – 100 years ago this year.

And now Bragg is among a dozen people and places in Leicestershire in the frame for a green plaque from Leicestershire County Council.

The public are being invited to have their say on who, or what, should receive one of the first plaques, by voting for their favourites.

Only six of the shortlisted 12 will get a plaque.

County council leader Nick Rushton said: “Once again our judges had a tough job selecting the final 12, but they’ve come up with an exciting shortlist. I hope people will get behind their favourite.”

Local historians will no doubt already know about another plaque to Bragg which already exists in Market Harborough.

A cream-coloured plaque is on the wall near the Denhams jewellers shop on the corner of St Mary’s Road and Adam and Eve Street to mark where Bragg’s uncle once had a chemist shop and where Bragg lived above the premises.

Among the other candidates on the shortlist are lawyer and politician Samuel Swinfen Burdett, of Broughton Astley, entrepreneur and philanthropist Charles Bennion, of Newtown Linford, and manufacturer and inventor William Cotton of Loughborough.

The council’s green plaques scheme was launched in December 2013.

Brigadier-General James Lochhead Jack, of Kibworth, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and artist John Theodore Kenney, of Kibworth, who illustrated Thomas the Tank Engine, were nominated but didn’t make the shortlist.

People can vote online or pick up and complete a voting form at any county library.