Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen

Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen : The Birth of Radiology

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This book, which will appeal to all with an interest in the history of radiology and physics, casts new light on the life and career of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, showing how his personality was shaped by his youth in the Netherlands and his teachers in Switzerland. Beyond this, it explores the technical developments relevant to the birth of radiology in the late nineteenth century and examines the impact of the discovery of X-rays on a broad range of scientific research. Roentgen (1845-1923) was born in Lennep, Germany, but emigrated with his family to the Netherlands in 1848. As a 17-year-old he moved to Utrecht, entering the Technical School and living at the home of Dr. Jan Willem Gunning. In this well-educated family he was stimulated to continue his studies at university. In 1868 he received a diploma from the Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich and just a year later completed a PhD in physics. He followed his mentor, August Kundt, to the universities of Wurzburg (1870) and Strasburg (1872) and married Anna Ludwig in 1872. In 1879 Roentgen gained his first professorship at a German University, in Giessen, followed by a chair in Wurzburg in 1888. Here he discovered X-rays in 1895, for which he received the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901. From 1900 until his retirement in 1921 he occupied the chair of physics at the Munich University.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 203 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 16.76mm | 585g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2019
  • 1 Tables, color; 31 Illustrations, color; 40 Illustrations, black and white; XVII, 203 p. 71 illus., 31 illus. in color.
  • 3319976605
  • 9783319976600

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This book, which will appeal to all with an interest in the history of radiology and physics, casts new light on the life and career of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, showing how his personality was shaped by his youth in the Netherlands and his teachers in Switzerland. Beyond this, it explores the technical developments relevant to the birth of radiology in the late nineteenth century and examines the impact of the discovery of X-rays on a broad range of scientific research.

Röntgen (1845-1923) was born in Lennep, Germany, but emigrated with his family to the Netherlands in 1848. As a 17-year-old he moved to Utrecht, entering theTechnical School and living at the home of Dr. Jan Willem Gunning. In this well-educated family he was stimulated to continue his studies at university. In 1868 he received a diploma from the Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich and just a year later completed a PhD in physics. He followed his mentor, August Kundt, to the universities of Würzburg (1870) and Strasburg (1872) and married Anna Ludwig in 1872. In 1879 Röntgen gained his first professorship at a German university, in Giessen, followed by a chair in Würzburg in 1888. Here he discovered X-rays in 1895, for which he received the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901. From 1900 until his retirement in 1921 he occupied the chair of physics at the Munich University.
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Table of contents

Lennep 1845 Youth in Apeldoorn

Education in the Netherlands

J.W. Gunning, Roentgen's mentor

Study in Switzerland

Personal life

Career in Germany

Developments in Physics

Discovery of the X-rays

Professor in Munchen

X-rays - Vista of another world
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Review Text

"This book will interest any readers interested in the history of medicine, physics, and twentieth-century science. It is not intended for any specific audience and it can be read by anyone, as the writing is clear, simple, fluid, and pleasant. ... The authors have made a careful search for relevant documentation and offer the results of their research in an extremely readable way." (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, July 05, 2019)
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"This book will interest any readers interested in the history of medicine, physics, and twentieth-century science. It is not intended for any specific audience and it can be read by anyone, as the writing is clear, simple, fluid, and pleasant. ... The authors have made a careful search for relevant documentation and offer the results of their research in an extremely readable way." (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, July 05, 2019)
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About Gerd Rosenbusch

Gerd Rosenbusch, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Abdominal Radiology. He was born in 1934 in Stadtsteinach, a small town in Northern Bavaria, Germany. He received his training in radiology at the hospital of RWTH Aachen, Germany. After completing his specialization, he worked for a short period in a private practice and then moved in 1971 to Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He was appointed Professor in Radiology in 1980 and retired in 1996. His interest in the history of radiology started many years before his retirement. Besides authoring publications on radiology, to be named is Kolon. Klinische Radiologie-Endoskopie (together with J.W.A.J. Reeders), he has been coeditor of several books on the history of radiology, especially in the Netherlands. Annemarie de Knecht-van Eekelen, PhD, was born in 1945 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She studied biology in her hometown university and in 1984 received a doctorate in the history of medicine for her thesis Towards a rational infant feeding. The science of nutrition and paediatrics in the Netherlands 1840-1914. From 1991 to 1998 she taught history of medicine at the Free University of Amsterdam. Until 2007 she managed the international consultancy and training activities of Cito, Institute for Educational Measurement in Arnhem, the Netherlands. She has written over a hundred articles and several books on the history of medicine, including a history of radiology in the Netherlands.
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