Wilhelm Roentgen


Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen

He was born to Friedrich and Charlotte Roentgen on March 27, 1845 in Lennep, Prussia. He died at age 78 in Weilheim, Germany. He is well known for his studies in the field of physics and for confirming Maxwell's Theory, but his fame is mostly due to his discovery of X-Rays. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901. He worked under a scientist named August Kundt for a time.

Interesting Facts

He was expelled from school when he was falsely accused of drawing an unflattering picture of an unpopular teacher.

Ironically, he died of cancer that was most likely caused by prolonged exposure to X-Ray radiation.


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