Interesting Facts about the History of the Discovery of Magnesium
Magnesium was discovered by
Joseph Black, in England, in 1755 who observed that magnesia alba
(MgO) was not quicklime. The element was isolated by A.
A. B. Bussy and Sir Humphry
Davy in 1808 who isolated the metal electrochemically from
Joseph Black (1728 – 1799)
Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829) isolated
Potassium, barium, strontium, and calcium by means of
electrolysis. Davy also demonstrated the elementary nature of
invented the safety lamp and discovered the stupefying effects of
Sir Humphry Davy (1778 - 1829)
Magnesium is a rather tough silvery-white metal of small
density. Air does not act rapidly upon it, but a thin film of
oxide forms upon its surface, dimming its bright luster. The
common acids dissolve it with the formation of the corresponding
salts. It can be ignited readily and in burning liberates much
heat and gives a brilliant white light. This light is very rich
in the rays which affect photographic plates, and the metal in
the form of fine powder is extensively used in the production of
flash lights and for white lights in pyrotechnic displays.
Magnesium as on the
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Other elements classified as
Alkaline Earth Metals
The other elements contained in
this classification are as follows:
What is Magnesium - IUPAC and the
Modern Standardised Periodic Table
The Standardised Periodic Table in use today was agreed by the
International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry, IUPAC, in 1985 and
now recognises more periods and elements than Dimitri
Mendeleev knew in his day in his day but still all fitting into his concept of
the "Periodic Table" in which
Magnesium is just one element
that can be found.
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