Reliable Lecturer, Conscientious Investigator (1875–1895)

  • Gerd Rosenbusch
  • Annemarie de Knecht-van Eekelen
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In 1875, Röntgen got his first position as a Professor of Physics at the Academy of Agriculture and Forestry in Hohenheim. This turned out to be a disappointment. Fortunately, he could return to Strasbourg as Associate Professor in 1876. During this stay in Strasbourg, he published several papers, those on light and electromagnetism with Kundt being the most innovative ones. In 1879, he left Strasbourg for Giessen where he was nominated as Full Professor. His 10 years in Giessen were productive and pleasant. He published a series of experiments showing his ability as an accurate observer. His parents, who had moved to Giessen to live with Wilhelm and Bertha, died in this period and were buried at the Giessen cemetery. In 1889, Röntgen moved to Würzburg as the successor of Kohlrausch . In Würzburg, he performed his epoch-making experiment and found a new kind of rays.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerd Rosenbusch
    • 1
  • Annemarie de Knecht-van Eekelen
    • 2
  1. 1.NijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.MaldenThe Netherlands

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