Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, German physicist, c 1900.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, German physicist, c 1900.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Photograph of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) who discovered X-rays, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. He found that these rays pased through flesh, enabling the bones to be clearly seen. They showed as shadowed areas whereas metal objects would give an opaque shadow. The rays travelled in a straight-line and pased through card, but could be detected by photographic plate or fluorescent screen.
 

Image Ref.

10302740
 

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