Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, German physicist, c 1890.

 
Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, German physicist, c 1890.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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Originally an engineering student at Zurich Polytechnic, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) later turned to physics becoming Profesor of Physics at the University of Wurzburg. In 1895 he experimented with cathode rays and made the discovery which he named X-rays - the 'X' signified their unknown origin. The X- rays were able to pas through matter and take photographic images of bones inside the body. He was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.

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