Wilhelm Röntgen

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Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
Born March 27, 1845(1845-03-27)
Lennep, Germany
Died February 10, 1923(1923-02-10) (aged 77)
Munich, Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Physicist
Known for Discovery of X-rays

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (27 March 1845 — 10 February 1923) was a German physicist who discovered X-rays. In 1901, he was the first person to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.[1]

Early life[change | edit source]

Röntgen was born at Lennep in the Lower Rhine Province of Germany. His father was a manufacturer and dealer of cloth. His mother was of an old Lennep family which had settled in Amsterdam. Röntgen was three when his family moved to Apeldoorn in The Netherlands.[2]

Education[change | edit source]

In Apeldoorn, he attended the Institute of Martinus Herman van Doorn, a boarding school. In 1862, he attended a technical school at Utrecht, but was expelled. He then entered the University of Utrecht in 1865 to study physics.[2]

He entered the Polytechnic at Zurich as a student of mechanical engineering. He worked in the laboratory of Kundt. In 1869 he graduated Ph.D. at the University of Zurich. He became Kundt's assistant and went with him to Würzburg. Three years later, they went to Strasbourg.[2]

Career[change | edit source]

Röntgen held positions in various European universities, but his fame rests with his discovery of (what he called) x-rays. He received many honors and awards, doctorates, and honorary doctorates. He was a modest man who enjoyed the outdoors and mountain climbing.[2]

Personal[change | edit source]

Röntgen was married to Anna Bertha Ludwig (m. 1872, d. 1919) and had one child, Josephine Bertha Ludwig. The child was adopted at age 6, in 1887. She was the daughter of Anna's brother.[2]

Röntgen died on 10 February 1923 from carcinoma of the intestine in Munich, Germany, aged 77.[2]

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