|Freiberg—Ferdinand Reich, Hieronymous Theodor Richter elements|
- It had become routine
- to examine minerals
- with a flame emission spectroscope.
- At the Freiberg University
- of Mining and Technology,
- Ferdinand Reich and Hieronymous Theodor Richter
- dissolved zinc ores
- and looked for the green lines of thallium
- but found an indigo line from an unknown element,
- which they named after its color
- in the spectroscope—from the Latin
- indicum, for the Indian dye.
Atomic number 49
- Indium has a low melting point.
- Indium isn’t toxic.
- Indium isn’t nutritious.
- Indium tin oxide is in LCD screens.
- Indium is in superconductors.
- Indium can wet glass.
- Indium cries when bent.
- Reich was color blind;
- he relied on Richter
- to read spectra.
- One man played the harp beautifully;
- another listened well.
- After his friend died,
- the harp player cut his strings
- and would not play again.