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Entdeckungsort der Röntgenstrahlen / Site of the Discovery of X-Rays

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2019
1. Entdeckungsort der Röntgenstrahlen / Site of the Discovery of X-Rays Marker
Inscription.   Physikalisches Institut der Universität Würzburg (1879-1978)

In diesem Gebäude, dem ehemaligen Physikalischen Institut der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, entdeckte Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen am 8. November 1895 die nach ihm benannten Strahlen.

Seine Entdeckung, für die er 1901 den weltweit ersten Nobelpreis für Physik erhielt, revolutionierte die medizinische Diagnostik, die zerstörungsfreie Materialcharakterisierung sowie die Naturwissenschaften grundlegend. Heute werden Röntgenstrahlen in unzähligen Anwendungen in der Physik, Astronomie, Chemie, Biologie, Medizin, Materialforschung, Bauteilprüfung und in der Sicherheitstechnik eingesetzt.

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen war der erste einer ganzen Reihe von Nobelpreisträgern, darunter Emil Fischer, Svante Arrhenius, Eduard Buchner, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Wilhelm Wien, Max von Laue, Johannes Stark, Walther Nernst und Klaus von Klitzing, die im Laufe ihrer wissenschaftlichen Karriere in Physik und Chemie an der Universität Würzburg lehrten und forschten und ihr weltweites Renommee stärkten.

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(English translation:)

Physics

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By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2019
2. Entdeckungsort der Röntgenstrahlen / Site of the Discovery of X-Rays Marker - wide view
Institute of the University of Wuerzburg (1879-1978)

In this building, the former Physical Institute of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered on November 8, 1895, the rays named after him.

His discovery, for which in 1901 he received the world's first Nobel Prize for Physics, revolutionized the foundation of medical diagnostics and the non-destructive characterization of matter, as well as the natural sciences overall. Today X-rays are used in countless applications in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, medicine, materials science, component testing, and safety technology.

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was the first of a whole series of Nobel Prize winners, including Emil Fischer, Svante Arrhenius, Eduard Buchner, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Wilhelm Wien, Max von Laue, Johannes Stark, Walther Nernst and Klaus von Klitzing, who in the course of their scientific career taught and researched physics and chemistry at the University of Würzburg, and in doing so increased their reputation worldwide.
 
Erected 2016.
 
Location. 49° 48.005′ N, 9° 55.836′ E. Marker is in Würzburg, Bavaria. Marker is on Röntgenring. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Röntgenring 8, Würzburg, Bavaria 97070, Germany. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kohlrausch, Roentgen, and Wien

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By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2019
3. Entdeckungsort / Site of the Discovery
At the east end of the building (the marker is at the west end), upon the building's exterior is written: In this building in 1895 W.C. Roentgen discovered the rays named after him
(a few steps from this marker); Adolf Eugen Fick (within shouting distance of this marker); Boris Zarnik, Fritz Richard Baltzer (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Wilhelm Röntgen (about 120 meters away); Eduard Buchner (about 180 meters away); Hermann Müller-Thurgau (about 210 meters away); Historicher Gedenkpunkt / A Place for Historical Contemplation (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Ehem. Hauger Stiftshof / Former Haug Canon House (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Würzburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. University of Würzburg (Wikipedia). "The many medical accomplishments associated with the university from the mid- to late-19th century were inextricably linked with achievements in the affiliated field of natural science, notably by Schwab, the eminent botanist, Semper, the zoologist, Wislicenus, the celebrated chemist and Boveri, the biologist. Their progress culminated in the discovery of x-rays by physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, first winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, in 1895. Röntgen's discovery, which he dubbed a "new kind of ray", is regarded as the university's greatest intellectual achievement, and, simultaneously, a scientific development of huge global import. Röntgen's successors, namely Wilhelm Wien, Johannes Stark and the chemists Emil Fischer and Eduard Buchner, also number among the succession of Nobel Prize winners to lecture at the university, a tradition which endures in the modern-day example of Klaus von Klitzing." (Submitted on June 7, 2019.) 

2. About Röntgen (Roentgen-Memorial). The marker stands outside the Roentgen-Memorial, an exhibit of materials related to Roentgen's discovery of X-rays. This website provides a biography of Roentgen, as well as a link to a virtual tour of the memorial site, as well as other related material. (Submitted on June 8, 2019.) 
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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