Roentgen, Wilhelm Conrad

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Roentgen or Röntgen, Wilhelm Conrad

(both: rĕnt`gĭn, rŭnt`–, Ger. vĭl`hĕlm kôn`rät rönt`gən), 1845–1923, German physicist. His notable research in many fields of physics, especially thermology, mechanics, and electricity, has been overshadowed by his discovery (1895) of a short-wave ray, the Roentgen ray, or X rayX ray,
invisible, highly penetrating electromagnetic radiation of much shorter wavelength (higher frequency) than visible light. The wavelength range for X rays is from about 10−8 m to about 10−11
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, for which he received the first Nobel Prize in Physics (1901). He taught at several German universities, including those at Würzburg (1888–99) and Munich (1899–1920).

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See biography by W. R. Nitske (1971).

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