Happy 117th Birthday, X-ray!

By: Kimberlee Winterton

Exactly 117 years ago today (1895), German Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays. Röntgen later went on to receive the first Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery. So, here’s a major Happy Birthday to our friend, the X-ray! We wouldn’t be here without you, or Röntgen, for that matter.

And now for that birthday surprise you’ve been waiting for. …

Happy Birthday, X-ray! Thanks for 117 years of making a difference
the world over, since November 8, 1895. Because of you, millions
of humans and animals have had better access to health care and
more accurate diagnoses than they otherwise would receive.
Yours Truly,
The Aribex Team and the NOMAD

Röntgen discovered the medical use of this radiation when he created a picture of the skeleton of his wife’s hand using a photographic plate formed from X-rays. The picture above was the first-ever photograph of a human body part using X-rays. Historians record that when she saw the photo, she said “I have seen my death.” The NOMAD and Aribex are thankful to you, too, Frau Röntgen.

X-ray of the bones of a hand with a ring on one finger

Crane, Louise (13 August 2010). “Image of the Month: The left hand of Anna Roentgen”. Wellcome Trust. Retrieved 17 December 2010. The left hand of Anna Roentgen. Photoprint from a radiograph by Wilhelm Roentgen, 1895.

This entry was posted in November 2012.