New Zealand Tablet, Rōrahi 17, Putanga 12, 17 Hōngongoi 1896, Page 28
R O N T G E N.
BONTOEN, wbo, as a scientist, has world-wide fame, is a Catholic. A reviewer, one Mr H. Dane, who writes for M' Cluret, visited the unassuming professor in his laboratary at WUrzburg. When interrogated about the nature of bis invention he candidly confessed ignorance, "la it light?" asked Mr Dane. "No." " E'ectricity ?" "No. Not in any known form." "Well, what is Itf" " I don't know." Professor Bontgen is thus described : —
"He is a tall, slender, and loose-limbed man, whose whole appearance bespeaks enthusiasm and energy. He wore a dark blue sac suit, and his long, dark hair stood straight up'from kis forehead Mif he were electrified by his own enthusiasm. His voice is full and deep, he speaks rapidly, and, altogether, he seems clearly a man wbo, once upon tbe track of a mystery which appealed to him, would pursue it with unremitting vigour. His eyes are kind, quick, and penetrating. It transpired in the course of inquiry, that the professor is a married man and fifty years of age, though bis eyes have tbe enthusiasm of twenty-five, He was born near Zurich, and educated there, and completed his studies and took his <*«gree at Utrecht. He has been at Wttnsburg about seven ysars, and had made no discoveries which be considered of great importance prior to the one under consideration. These details were given under good-natured protest, be failing to understand why his personality should interest the public. He declined to admire himself or hfs results in any degree, and laughed at the idea of being famous. The professor is too deeply interested in science to waste any time in thinking about himself."