Roentgen Museum & Home, Germany

Roentgen Museum Map

     The picture below, is of the Roentgen Home and Museum.

Roentgen Museum and Home.

     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.

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discoverer of X-Rays

     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.

First X-Ray taken

     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.

X-Ray room from the early 1900s
Portable X-Ray Googles from the 1930s
World War I X-Ray room; It saved many, many lives during that war.
X-Ray room from the 1950s
X-Ray room from the 1960s & 1970s
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