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Wilhelm Röntgen

1845 - 1923

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Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (; German pronunciation: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈʁœntɡən] (listen); 27 March 1845 – 10 February 1923) was a German mechanical engineer and physicist, who, on 8 November 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an achievement that earned him the inaugural Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. In honour of Röntgen's accomplishments, in 2004 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) named element 111, roentgenium, a radioactive element with multiple unstable isotopes, after him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Röntgen has received more than 2,148,747 page views. His biography is available in 132 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 125 in 2019). Wilhelm Röntgen is the 6th most popular physicist, the 21st most popular biography from Germany (down from 18th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Physicist.

Wilhelm Röntgen was a German physicist who is most famous for discovering X-rays.

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Among physicists, Wilhelm Röntgen ranks 6 out of 717Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, and Michael Faraday. After him are Alessandro Volta, Max Planck, Robert Hooke, Pierre Curie, Hans Christian Ørsted, and James Prescott Joule.

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Among people born in 1845, Wilhelm Röntgen ranks 1After him are Alexander III of Russia, Georg Cantor, Ludwig II of Bavaria, George I of Greece, Gabriel Fauré, Gabriel Lippmann, Carl Spitteler, Amadeo I of Spain, Élie Metchnikoff, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, and Ludwig III of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1923, Wilhelm Röntgen ranks 1After him are Gustave Eiffel, Sarah Bernhardt, Vilfredo Pareto, John Venn, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Constantine I of Greece, Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, Jaroslav Hašek, Warren G. Harding, Pancho Villa, and Dietrich Eckart.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Röntgen ranks 21 out of 6,142Before him are Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Richard Wagner (1813), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Albrecht Dürer (1471), George Frideric Handel (1685), and Angela Merkel (1954). After him are Anne Frank (1929), Henry Kissinger (1923), Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837), Friedrich Engels (1820), Frederick the Great (1712), and Johannes Brahms (1833).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Wilhelm Röntgen ranks 2Before him are Albert Einstein (1879). After him are Max Planck (1858), Georg Ohm (1789), Werner Heisenberg (1901), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), Max Born (1882), Otto von Guericke (1602), Max von Laue (1879), Carl Zeiss (1816), and Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804).