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Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-Rays (1895) Options
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Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-Rays (1895)

In 1895, Röntgen, a German physicist, discovered rays that did not exhibit properties such as reflection or refraction. Because of their mysterious nature, he called them X-rays. His discovery, which gave medicine a critical view inside the body and allowed bones to be photographed, remains a valuable diagnostic tool. Röntgen's breakthrough earned him the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901. One of the first X-ray photographs he took was of his wife's hand. What did she say when she saw it? More...
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4 Weird Facts About X-Ray Inventor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen:
* He never completed high school and was kicked out of college.

* He rejected any profits or royal titles for his work.

* He invented the x-ray by accident.

* Colleagues described him as a complete scatterbrain.

http://www.visualnews.com/2011/08/19/first-x-ray-technician-4-weird-facts-about-x-ray-inventor-wilhelm-conrad-roentgen/
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xray open the body for doctor to heal
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I wonder how much harmful exposure to the rays he received from his work.
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I was wondering that too MechPebbles. It is such a shame all his letters and work product were destroyed. He was a generous person, on the way to bankruptcy.
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MechPebbles wrote:
I wonder how much harmful exposure to the rays he received from his work.


He might have been over exposed to radiation. Nowadays in addition to wearing lead aprons, x-ray techs go into a well protected adjacent space to take the pictures. I doubt Roentgen had such an arrangement. Also, the beam of radiation is relatively small and beamed to a particular part of the body. Probably, the radiation in Roentgen's lab spread like a cloud.
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MechPebbles wrote:
I wonder how much harmful exposure to the rays he received from his work.


xsmith wrote:
He might have been over exposed to radiation. Nowadays in addition to wearing lead aprons, x-ray techs go into a well protected adjacent space to take the pictures. I doubt Roentgen had such an arrangement. Also, the beam of radiation is relatively small and beamed to a particular part of the body. Probably, the radiation in Roentgen's lab spread like a cloud.


I tend to agree with you guys, but here's the quote from the article, highlight mine:
Quote:
Röntgen died on 10 February 1923 from carcinoma of the intestine.[7] It is not believed his carcinoma was a result of his work with ionizing radiation because of the brief time he spent on those investigations, and because he was one of the few pioneers in the field who used protective lead shields routinely.[5]

No way, protective lead shields? But he didn't have the level of protection radiologists use today, like xsmith mentioned above. The discoverer of X-rays dies due to carcinoma & it is not believed to be the result of his work? Am I just cynical? Not talking

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I can't believe nobody saw through this...

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Thank you sir, again and again....isn't science great...
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