The Röntgen Medal, its history and recipients
The turmoil accompanying the last months of the Second World War and the first months of the ensuing peace prevented a fitting celebration of either the centenary of Röntgen’s birth on March 27, 1945 or the 50th anniversary of the discovery of X-rays on November 8, 1945.
For this reason the City of Remscheid decided to award the first Röntgen Medal in association with the 50th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics to Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. The medal is awarded annually to an individual from any country in the world who has in the widest sense worked to develop, promote and spread Röntgen’s scientific legacy. The award has earned itself a place of high respect in scientific and medical circles.
A committee of the Society of Friends and Benefactors of the Röntgen Museum (also founded in 1951) selects a suitable candidate and proposes their name to the Mayor of Remscheid, who makes the award.