Wilhelm Röntgen

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen Full Name: Wilhelm Röntgen
Nationality: German

Profession: Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Why Famous: Produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an achievement that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. Also has the element 111, roentgenium, a very radioactive element with multiple unstable isotopes, named after him.

Born: March 27, 1845
Star Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lennep, Rhine Province, Germany

Died: February 10, 1923 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1872-01-19 Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (26) weds Anna Bertha Ludwig in Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Historical Events in the Life of Wilhelm Röntgen

  • 1895-11-08 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays
  • 1896-01-01 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays
  • 1896-01-05 "Die Presse" newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article
  • 1901-12-10 First Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays