By: Rachel Ruplinger

Who Discovered It?

Phosphorus was dicovered by Hennig Brand in 1669. He was a mechanist and an alchemist. While experimenting the "philosophers throne" he was dealing with heated residues from boiled-down urine. All the sudden, out of the retort, there were glowing fumes and liquid dripping out of it bursting into flames! Brand had caught the liquid in a jar and it had solidified still giving off a pale-green glow. Brand had discovered Phosphorus!

Information About Phosphorus!

There are two types of Phosphorus, red and white. White Phosphorus s very reactive and Red Phosphorus needs to friction to react.. Phosphorus is pyrophoric, which means that it's able to self ignite itself in the air. This element is also exothermic and melts itself until it ignites. When Phosphorus ignites, the element has to of made contact with oxygen and it lights up making a flame. Before it flames, smoke appears. You can also make Red Phosphorus from White Phosphorus and vice versa.


Interesting Facts


  • 15 protons
  • 15 electrons
  • 16 neutrons
  • Column 5, Row 2
  • Discovered by Hennig Brand in 1669
  • Exothermic
  • Pyrophoric