German physicist; awarded first Nobel prize for physics n 1901 for his discovery of X-rays.
Autograph Letter Signed, W.C. Röntgen, two pages, small octavo, Hotel Miramare, St. Margherita Ligure, March 19, 1903. On his personal correspondence card, to a colleague.
“Although you have learned through the State Institute why I could not come to the meetings of the Board of Trustees, I must tell you myself the reason why I was absent. There was no progress in my wife’s recuperation. This prompted her physicians to order her to go to the South as soon as possible. A journey without me was out of the question, so I had to decide — not easily, though — to give up the meetings at the State Institute. We have been sitting here now for about two weeks and are beginning to feel the effect of the moderate climate and the restful way of life here….” Fine condition.
Framed in ivory, brick and gilt with a formal bust-length engraved portrait of Wilhelm Rontgen. Framed dimensions: 15 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches high.
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