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Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen
Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen
Occupation – Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen
wasa German physicist and a teacher. He taught at Wurzburg and Munich.
Birth – March 27, 1845, Lennep, Germany which is
now called Ramschield, Germany
Death - February 10, 1923, Munich, Germany
Place of Birth –Remscheid, Germany
On 8 Nove
mber 1895 He produced and detected radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Rontgen rays. He got the first Nobel Prize in Physics.
Rontgen discovered X-rays by accident when he was experimenting with electron beams in a plastic tube containing gas. During the experiment, he found that the screen in his lab glowed when the electron beam was on; even though the tube was covered with black cardboard. The electron beam is what he used for electromagnetic radiation. It has a means to accelerating and deflects the particles onto the florescent screen to create the images to make an X-ray. He put many things between the tube and the screen and found the screen still glowed. He finally put his wife’s hand and saw bones on the screen. This is how X-rays were discovered. X-rays are particles of electromagnetic radiation which is a form of energy that is given off and absorbed by particles that travel in waves. The X-rays are almost like light rays but have different wave lengths.
He worked in a house and lab and slept in it too. He was an attended at University of Utrecht. He followed August Kundt to the University of Strasbourg in 1873. He got his
at the University of Zurich. Then he became a physicist and then he started to work on what x-rays are.
Rontgen had family in Iowa in the United States and at one time he planned to Immigrate. Although he accepted an appointment at Columbia University in New York City and had actually purchased transatlantic tickets, but the outbreak of World War I changed his plans and he remained in Munich for the rest of his life. He won the Rumford Medal (1896), the Matteucci Medal (1896), the Elliott Cresson Medal (1897), and the Nobel Prize for Physics (1901). He died because he
know that radiation was in the rays. He adopted a 6 year old daughter that was the daughter of Anna's brother. When he saw his wife’s hand she said “I have seen my death”. The people in the University of Strasbourg thought Rontgen was not smart but they were wrong because he was very smart.
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