In praise of Röntgen

In November 1895, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays; the X-ray of his wife’s hand below was taken the following month. Röntgen received the first (1901) Nobel Prize in Physics for this work. He never made a cent from the discovery, however, donating the prize to his university, and refusing to patent a discovery with such enormous medical benefits. Thanks for your generosity, Wilhelm!

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