A man in a neighbouring country of the company
had been experimenting with variations of the anode and cathode
several years before the company had even formed.
The mans experiments focused on light phenomena, rays of the
cathode and other emissions generated by discharging electrical
current in highly-evacuated glass tubes.
One particular combination, a tube with a small cathode and
proportionately quite large anode proved to produce strange
and unknown effects when charged with a high electrical current.
They were separated from each other by a few
centimetres, as opposed to the one metre distance of the early
He noted - while working in his darkened laboratory - that an
object across the room began to glow when a tube was charged.
It proved to be reacting to the rays emitted from his tube.
He was to find a few weeks later that when backing his wife’s
hand with a photographic plate he could capture an image of
her internal bone structure.
Being unable to identify the rays he had referred to them as