1798,1828 Beryllium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Paris, BerlinLouis Nicolas Vauquelin, Friedrich Wöhler, Antoine Bussy elements Beryllium


Atomic number 4


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Vauquelin named beryllium glucina because its salts taste sweet, but Martin Heinrich Klaproth objected because yttria salts also taste sweet. This was an age when chemists routinely tasted their salts and later died of mysterious causes.

Johan Gadolin had isolated beryllium oxide from gandolite when he discovered yttrium; however, he mistook it for aluminium oxide.

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