Roentgenium is named for Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen who discovered X-ray radiation in 1895, and won the first Nobel Prize in Physics for this achievement in 1901. X-rays play a crucial role in determining the structures of crystals; less than 20 years after their discovery, the first crystallographic experiment was performed!
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