Sir William Ramsay

Sir William Ramsay invention:

No, chemist William Ramsay did not invent the light bulb. His great discovery was in the truest sense of the word in the air!

He found five noble gas elements in our atmosphere and placed them in the periodic table. For this he received in 1904 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

That the Scottish chemist Ramsay (1852-1916) was even looking for new elements in the atmosphere, he owes to another scientist, the famous physicist Lord Rayleigh (1842-1919).

He reported that the gas extracted from air nitrogen was different from man-made. Ramsay got to the bottom of it.

A few months later, he wrote to Lord Rayleigh that he could isolate a previously unknown element from the air.

Ramsay reported that it did not react chemically - so it did not connect with other elements. That's why they had not discovered it until then.

He called the gas argon (Greek: lazy). The Scottish chemist Sir William Ramsay (1852-1916) was knighted in 1902

Ramsay went on researching and discovered four air components. He called them noble gases because they seemed too subtle to react with other elements. 

And they are argon, krypton, xenon, neon and helium. Although Ramsay suspected even more elements, to date, however, none were discovered - maybe they do not exist.


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