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Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, German physicist, c 1900.

Roentgen, Wilhelm Conrad

Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, German physicist, c 1900.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm


One of a stereo pair of photographs taken by Roentgen. On 8 November 1895, Roentgen (1845-1923) discovered what came to be known as 'x-rays'. He noticed that when a current was pased though a Crookes tube covered with a piece of black card, a nearby piece of paper painted with barium cyanide fluoresced. Later, he found that these x-rays pased through flesh, enabling the bones to be clearly seen. In 1901, he was the first recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics.

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