Possibly. I’ve so far identified seven people who, along with Henry Green and John Bauer, were involved with x-rays: Burton Baker, George N. Bell, John B. Boucher, W. R. Munson, William Robb, Oliver C. Smith, and Arthur J. Wolff. Baker had a company that manufactured x-ray machines, but Robb and Wolff both seemed to have dropped x-ray research very early on. This subject is currently in our research queue.
Probably not. Any quick search on “the Google” reveals that numerous places lay claim to early roles in the use and the development of x-ray devices. Their claims seem valid, insofar as they have reports of experiments with x-rays starting around February 1896, but no one place or institution seems to have become the “x-ray capital of the world.” It should also be borne in mind that initially x-rays were the “next great thing,” and they were treated as a cure-all, a way to measure feet for shoes, and even a party trick. Once the fad ended, so, too, did some researchers in many places. Hartford’s claim may, therefore, be to perseverance rather than primacy. This subject is currently in our research queue.
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