Helium

1868-1895

Helium

The book of science

Tom Sharp


Guntur, West HampsteadPierre Janssen, Norman Lockyer, Luigi Palmieri, William Ramsay, Per Teodor Cleve, Nils Abraham Langlet elements

Helium

Atomic number 2

Noble


Why is helium rare on earth? It it light and it doesn’t combine with other elements, so it has floated off into space. What we have is produced by radioactive decay of uranium and thorium inside the earth. No minerals contain helium in their chemical formulae.

Norman Lockyer was the founder, in 1869, of the science journal Nature.

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Other readings:

  • Helium,” Elementymology & Elements Multidict, by Peter van der Krogt