The element neon received its name, which is Greek for "new," when it was first discovered in 1898. It was first discovered and named by Sir William Ramsey and Morris W. Travers shortly after their discovery of krypton through experiments on liquefied air. They discovered xenon soon after.
Neon is still isolated today through the liquefaction of air, as it is present in small amounts in the atmosphere. It is a light noble gas that is odorless, colorless and chemically very unreactive. It is best-known for its use in lighting, as it emits a strong reddish glow when charged with electricity.Learn More
The name of the element with electron configuration 1s22s22p63s23p2 is silicon. The second most abundant element in the Earth's crust, silicon is a metalloid, an element that is neither metal nor nonmetal.Full Answer >
The noble gas argon was named by its discoverers, Baron Rayleigh and William Ramsay, in 1894. The name comes from the Greek word argon, the neuter form of the word argos, which means lazy, idle and living without labor. It was so named because of its inert qualities.Full Answer >
Bromine's name comes from the Greek word bromos, which means stench. It was chosen because the vapors of bromine give off a strong smell. French chemist Antoine-Jérôme Balard is credited for discovering and naming bromine in 1826.Full Answer >
The name for the element iron comes from the same Anglo-Saxon word, iron or iren, although it is thought that this word comes from the earlier Celtic word îsarno. Some scholars suggest that this Celtic word comes from an even older Indo-European word for metal, ayos or ayes.Full Answer >