Arsenic: historical information

Arsenic was discovered by Known since ancient times at no data in not known. Origin of name: from the Greek word "arsenikon" meaning "yellow orpiment".

Arsenic compounds were mined by the early Chinese, Greek and Egyptian civilisations. No doubt they discovered its toxic properties early on.

It is believed that Albertus Magnus obtained the element in 1250 A.D. who obtained it by heating soap together with orpiment (arsenic trisulphide, As2S3).

Arsenic is one of the elements which has an alchemical symbol, shown below (alchemy is an ancient pursuit concerned with, for instance, the transformation of other metals into gold).

{{floatR}}alchemical symbol of arsenic{{/floatR}}

WebElements Shop

WebElements now has a WebElements shop at which you can buy periodic table posters, mugs, T-shirts, games, fridge magnets, molecular models, and more.

Periodic Table fridge magnets Periodic Table fridge magnets
Buy our periodic table fridge magnets here

WebElements poster Periodic table t-shirts Periodic table mouse mats Molymod molecular model kits Chemistry educational resources

arsenic atomic number