In 2008 Russians were asked to name the most influential Russians of all time. From online voting a list of the top 500 most influential Russians was made. Here is a picture of one of them. Do you know who this is? To check your answer go to http://top50.nameofrussia.ru and click on individual pictures.
Starting this monththe Russian section web page will regularly present a short article on a person from the list. Visit the site to find out more about what these famous and infamous Russians did with their talents, insight, and power.
Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen is credited for saving tens of thousands of lives in WWI and WWII and for saving millions of lives since then through a discovery he made on November 8, 1895. He found that certain unknown rays, he called them X-rays, could penetrate the exterior of objects and an image of the interior of those objects could be captured on a specially prepared photographic plate. The x-ray (German: roentgen, Russian: рентген) has since revolutionized medicine.
For a great read about Roentgen's life and work, we recommend Otto Glasser's biography, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen and the Early History of the Roentgen Rays.