DISCOVERY OF THE MONTH
November 8, 1895: Roentgen's Discovery of X-Rays
Wilhelm Roentgen, a German professor of physics, was the first person to discover electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range commonly known as X-rays today. Roentgen was the first one to study X-rays systematically. To highlight the unknown nature of his discovery, he called them X-rays though they are still known as Roentgen-rays as well. For his remarkable achievement he was honored with the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.