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Wilhelm C. Roentgen, the discoverer of X rays, was expelled from high school at age 18; he studied for his high school equivalency exam, took it, and failed; he prepared for an entrance exam to Zurich's ETH, but never took it. He was admitted to the ETH through the help of a friendly professor.

Courtesy of: J. Rigden, Chair APS Forum on History

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