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Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen

Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen was born in 1845 in what is now Lennop, Germany. With a mechanical engineering degree and a Ph.D. in physics, Roentgen was doing an experiment on cathode rays when he discovered another emission that he named an "x-ray" because "x" meant unknown in a mathematics equation. He won the 1901 Nobel Peace Prize in Physics for his discovery.

 



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