Wilhelm Röntgen Biography, Family, Accomplishment, Award

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was a German mechanical engineer and physicist. He was the first awardee of the Nobel prize in physics. He donated his Nobel prize money of 50,000 Swedish krona to research at the University of Würzburg in Germany.

Röntgen is considered the father of diagnostic radiology, the medical speciality which uses imaging called X-Ray to diagnose disease.

Personal Information (Facts)
Complete Name –> Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
Birth Date –> 27 March 1845
Death –> 10 February 1923 (aged 77)
Hometown –> Munich, Germany

Wife –> Anna Bertha Ludwig

* Wilhelm Röntgen was wrongly accused of drawing a caricature of his teacher and consequently expelled from his high school.
College –> Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, Switzerland
Degree –> Mechanical engineering
PhD –> University of Zurich

1907 – became a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
1895 – Experimented and discovered a new type of radiation (X-Ray) and later published his paper “On A New Kind of Rays”
1888 – Chair of Physics Department, University of Würzburg

* 2004 – IUPAC named element number 111 roentgenium (Rg) in honor of Wilhelm Röntgen
1901 – Nobel Prize in Physics
1897 – Elliott Cresson Medal
1896 – Matteucci Medal
1896 – Rumford Medal

See also: List of Nobel Prize in Physics

See also: List of Inventors

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