Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was born to a Catholic family in Lennep, Germany on March 27, 1845. As a child, he was expelled from school for defending a student who drew an unflattering picture of one of the teachers. In 1865, he joined the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich. By 1869, he graduated with a Ph.D. degree.
After getting his Ph.D. degree, Röntgen had several jobs as a professor. In 1900, he became a physics teacher at the University of Munich. Later on, he was invited to the Columbia University in New York City, but declined due to the outbreak of World War I. He remained as a professor in Munich.
DISOVERY OF x-RAYS
In 1895, Röntgen was performing an experiment when he accidentally discovered x-rays. His discovery would become very popular in the years to come, and is used for many medical and scientific purposes.
Wilhelm Röntgen was married to Anna Ludwig. He had one child, Josephine Ludwig. In accordance to his last will, all of his personal and scientific correspondence were destroyed after his death.