Monday, November 8, 2010

115th Anniversary of the Discovery of Xrays

On November 8, 1895, German physics professor Wilhelm Röntgen stumbled on X-rays while experimenting with Lenard and Crookes tubes and began studying them. He wrote an initial report "On a new kind of ray: A preliminary communication" and on December 28, 1895 submitted it to the Würzburg's Physical-Medical Society journal.  This was the first paper written on X-rays. Röntgen referred to the radiation as "X" to indicate that it was an unknown type of radiation. The name stuck, although  many of his colleagues suggested calling them Röntgen rays (over Röntgen's great objections). They are still referred to as Röntgen rays in many languages, including German and Russian. Röntgen received the first Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery.  (wikipedia)

Raise a cupcake to the Xray today...think of where we would be if we didn't have them!

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