Selenium: historical information

  • Discoveror: Jöns Berzelius
  • Place of discovery: Sweden
  • Date of discovery: 1817
  • Origin of name : from the Greek word "selene" meaning "moon".

Selenium (Gr. Selen, moon) was discovered by Jöns Jacob Berzelius in 1817. He reported that tellurium was present in sulphuric acid from a Swedish factory, but in the following year decided that the impurity was not tellurium but another closely related element that he subsequently identified as selenium.

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