•Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
•Born on March 27, 1845 in
•Died on February 10, 1923 in
•Greatest Accomplishment was
inventing the X-ray or Röntgen
rays be detecting
electromagnetic radiation with
•“I didn't think; I experimented."
Was the only child of a manufacturer
of cloth, and a merchant . Charlotte
Constanze Frowein of Amsterdam
was his mother.
Is of German Nationality.
The family moved to Apeldoorn.
Roentgen went to boarding school, Institute of Martinus
Herman van Doorn while in Apeldoorn.
After Martinus Herman van Doorn, he attended the
ambachts school from 1861-1863, in Utrecht.
Attend the University of Utrecht were he received a Ph.D. in
Mechanical Engineering in 1869.
Then the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich.
A lecturer at the University of Strassburg in 1874.
Was a professor at the Academy of Agriculture at
Hohenheim,Württemberg in 1875.
In 1876, returned as a professor of physics at Strassburg.
Rontgen was appointed the chair of physics at the University
of Giessen in 1879.
Then obtained the physics chair at the University of
Würzburg in 1888.
Rontgen married Anna Bertha Ludwig in 1872.
Adopted Josephine Bertha Ludwig in 1887 at age 6, daughter
of Rontgen’s brother-in-law.
On 10 February 1923 Rontgen died from carcinoma of the
In his will, he asked for his personal and scientific
correspondence to be destroyed.
Was the first to received the
Nobel Prize in Physics in
Rontgen donated all the
money to his university and
refused the rays to be
named after him.
Rumford Medal in 1896
Matteucci Medal in 1896
Elliott Cresson Medal in 1897