X-Ray Tube


Early cold cathode two electrode glass x-ray tube. The target for the electrons seems to be at the terminus of the tube rather than a metal anticathode. Emil Grubbé (1875–1960), the donor, was a homeopathic physician in Chicago who assembled an x-ray machine in 1896 and used it to treat a patient with cancer—perhaps becoming the first person to use radiation for this purpose.

Ref: “Emil Grubbe Dies; X-Ray Pioneer, 85,” New York Times (March 27, 1960), p. 86.

Paul C. Hodges, The Life and Times of Emil H. Grubbe (1964).

Emil Grubbe, X-Ray Treatment: Its Origins, Birth, and Early History (St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1949).

Associated Dates: 1941 10 11

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: Illinois, Chicago

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Credit Line: Gift of Emil Grubbé

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-05007Accession Number: 161220Catalog Number: M-05007

Object Name: X-Ray Tubetube, x-rayOther Terms: X-Ray Tube; Radiography

Physical Description: glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 16 cm x 60 cm x 9.5 cm; 6 5/16 in x 23 5/8 in x 3 3/4 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-4c56-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1052315

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