Wilhelm Rontgen

po_Rontgen-Wilhelm2Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (March 27, 1845 – February 10, 1923) was a German physicist, who, on November 8, 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an achievement that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. In honor of his accomplishments, in 2004 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) named element 111, roentgenium, a radioactive element with multiple unstable isotopes, after him.

po_Rontgen-Wilhelm1Röntgen’s original paper, “On A New Kind Of Rays” (Über eine neue Art von Strahlen), was published on December 28, 1895. On January 5, 1896, an Austrian newspaper reported Röntgen’s discovery of a new type of radiation. Röntgen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Würzburg after his discovery. He published a total of three papers on X-rays between 1895 and 1897. Today, Röntgen is considered the father of diagnostic radiology, the medical specialty which uses imaging to diagnose disease.