Hydrogen

An Element

The History of Hydrogen

The name itself is from Greek words “Hydro” and “Genes”, meaning water forming. It’s Molecule contains 2 Hydrogen particles (H2). Hydrogen was first discovered in 1520 by Swiss Alchemist, Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus. He first described it as iron dissolved in acid. He also mentioned it as "an air which bursts forth like the wind". There were many people that where, in some way, involved in the founding of Hydrogen including Robert Boyle, who made the exact same observation as Phil; but the actual credit goes to Henry Cavendish because no one, except him made the foundation of Hydrogen's details.

Position of Hydrogen on the Periodic Table

The position of elements on the Periodic Table depends in it's Electronic configuration, and properties. Hydrogen is the first Element of the Period Table and its atomic number is 1, which means that there is only 1 electron in the atom, specifically located in the first shell, which is also the Valence Shell. It also has the lightest Nucleus out of all the Elements, therefore, it itself is the lightest Element, ; belonging to Period 1 and Group 1 of the Periodic table: with Helium as the second lightest element

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • About 10% of the body of any living organism's weight is of Hydrogen particles
  • Hydrogen, when in a liquid form, has the lowest density of all other elements in liquid form
  • Hydrogen is the only Element that can exist without Neutrons
  • Hydrogen is one of the elements produced during the Big Bang