Boron: historical information

  • Discoveror: Sir Humphrey Davy, Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac, L.J. Thénard
  • Place of discovery: England and France
  • Date of discovery: 1808
  • Origin of name : from the Arabic word "buraq" and the Persian word "burah" .

Boron compounds have been known for thousands of years, but the element was not isolated until 1808 by Sir Humphry Davy, Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850) and Louis Jaques Thenard (1777-1857). This was accomplished through the reaction of boric acid (H3BO3) with potassium.

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