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 1,743,499 page views. His biography is available in 125 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 124 in 2019). Wilhelm Röntgen is the 6th most popular physicist (up from 40th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Germany (up from 130th 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 721Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, and Michael Faraday. After him are Max Planck, Alessandro Volta, Niels Bohr, James Prescott Joule, André-Marie Ampère, and Ernest Rutherford.

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

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Röntgen ranks 18 out of 5,289Before him are Richard Wagner (1813), George Frideric Handel (1685), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Max Weber (1864), and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646). After him are Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Engels (1820), Johannes Brahms (1833), Max Planck (1858), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), and Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Wilhelm Röntgen ranks 2Before him are Albert Einstein (1879). After him are Max Planck (1858), Werner Heisenberg (1901), Georg Ohm (1789), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), Otto von Guericke (1602), Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887), Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Max von Laue (1879), and Johannes Stark (1874).