Numerous honours were showered upon Rontgen. In several cities, streets were named after him, and a complete list of Prizes, Medals, honorary doctorates, honorary and corresponding memberships of learned societies in Germany as well as abroad, and other honours would fill a whole page of this book.

The award he received was officially "in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered by the discovery of the remarkable rays subsequently named after him". Rontgen donated the monetary reward from his Nobel Prize to his university.

In 1896, he received a Rumford Medal, for his investigations of the phenomena produced outside a highly exhausted tube through which an electrical discharge is taking place.

Nobel Peace Prize

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Rontgen refused to take out patents related to his discovery. He did not even want the rays to be named after him.


In 1901 Rontgen was awarded the very first Nobel Prize in Physics.