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Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen was born on March 27 1845 in Lennep Germany to Friedrich and Charlotte Constance Roentgen When he was three Wilhelm and his family moved to Apeldoorn Nederland His father owned a thriving cloth business so he was pretty well off He lived right next to the Kostschool of Martinus Hermanus van Doorn a boarding school with around eighty students which he attended He was expected after he graduated to go into his fathers business and eventually inherit it At sixteen he finished van Doorns school His parents thought he was too young to start working and he had a strong desire to learn so a few years later he ended up at the University of Utrecht There was one problem though the family he was supposed to stay with had to move So Professor Gunning the father in the family got him enrolled at the Athenaeum in Amsterdam which meant Wilhelm had to part with the Gunnings That forced Wilhelm to bunk with another student going to his college because back then they didnt have dormitories for students On March 17 1865 a fraternity called Placet hic requiescere Musis May the Muses rest here selected him as a member of their fraternity Then on May 9 he joined a scientific society called Natura Dux nobis et auspex Nature is our leader and protector Wilhelm didnt like keeping house so he found a room with the family of a cabinetmaker There he started writing his first book called Question for the Inorganic Part of the Chemistry Textbook under the pen name of Dr J W Gunning As you probably figured out that was the name of the man he had lived with in the past People tried to find the real author but all they could find were the initials WCR Wilhelm would later go to school in another college called Swiss Federal Technical School in Zurich Switzerland He was awarded
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