Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (born March 27, 1845 in Lennep, today part of Remscheid, died February 10, 1923 in Munich) was a German physicist. On November 8, 1895 in the Physical Institute of the University of Würzburg he discovered the X-rays. As acknowledgement he received the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901. His discovery revolutionized among others medical diagnostics and led to further important findings of the 20th century. He always emphasized that he discovered the X-rays by chance.
In 1887, the Röntgens took six-year-old Josephine Berta, the Zurich-born daughter of Anna Bertha Röntgen's brother Hans Ludwig, into her household. Later, they adopted the child, which later had the name Josephine Bertha Donges-Röntgen.
Wagnerian hammer of an inductor coil at Prof. Röntgen's original lab in Würzburg.
On November 8, 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the X-rays. He submitted the manuscript shown here for his first communication on this discovery on December 28, 1895, to the secretary of the Physico-Medical Society of the University of Würzburg. It is printed together with the annual report in 1895.
Röntgenkuratorium Würzburg e.V.