On This Day In Chemistry

August 13th

Sir William Ramsay and Lord Rayleigh announced the discovery of the first noble gas on this day in 1894

The first noble gas to be discovered was argon, named after the Greek word ‘argos’ (meaning ‘lazy’) because it was completely unreactive. For this work, Sir William Ramsey was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Lord Rayleigh the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1904.

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