Roentgen Museum & Home, Germany
The picture below, is of the Roentgen Home and Museum.
On August 8th, 2017; I took the day to explore this museum and study x-rays. The man who discovered x-rays was awarded the first ever Nobel prize in 1901. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was born in the Remscheid suburb of Lennep in 1845 and he has given his name, not only to the museum but – in German – to x-rays themselves.
For the Germans, “to x-ray” is “röntgen”. Nowadays everything in the Deutsches Röntgen Museum in Lennep is connected with the invention which made Röntgen famous throughout the world: x-rays. Below is a historical image of the first X-Ray taken of the hand from Rontgen’s future wife.
The range of X-Ray applications is countless. In the medical area alone, the museum had an impressive amount of apparatus ranging from the seemingly primitive “Diaphor R” x-ray instruments to a modern experimental machine for short-time tomosynthesis. Here it is possible to check things like wheeled rims on cars or survey welding points in pipelines. Paintings and art in general often require the accurate insights provided by x-rays, whether it be to illuminate a Rembrandt painting or a 900-year old Peruvian mummy. While visiting the museum, I traveled effortlessly through space and time, past and present of the x-ray world.