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Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen was Born

Known for Discovery of X-rays

Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen was Born

Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen was a mechanical engineer and physicist who was German citizen. He was born in 27 March 1845 and died in 10 February 1923. He produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range knows as X-rays. He achieved a first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901.

The award was officially "in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered by the discovery of the remarkable rays subsequently named after him". He donated the monetary reward from his Noble Prize to his university.

He attended high school in Utrecht, Netherlands. In 1865 he was unfairly expelled from high school when one of his teachers intercepted a caricature of the teachers which was done by someone else. Without a high school diploma he could attend university in the Netherlands as a visitor only. He then passed examination and began studies as a student of mechanical engineering from Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich.  In 1869, he graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich and also become a favorite student of professor August Kundt, whom he followed to the University of Strasburg.

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