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  • Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was a German physicist, who, on 8 November 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today that was known as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an achievement that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. In honour of his accomplishments, in 2004 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry named element 111, roentgenium, a radioactive element with multiple unstable isotopes, after him. Wikipedia

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  • "in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered by the discovery of the remarkable rays subsequently named after him"
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  • "For their investigations of the phenomena produced outside a highly exhausted tube through which an electrical discharge is taking place."

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  • Roentgen's research also included work on elasticity, capillary action of fluids, specific heats of gases, conduction of heat in crystals, absorption of heat by gases, and piezoelectricity.
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