Sir William Ramsay – born 1852, died 1916 – was a pioneer in inorganic chemistry and discovered a whole group of elements in the periodic table. The discovery of the noble gases – argon, helium, neon, krypton and xenon has made important contributions to the world, the gases are widely used in a number of different applications including arc welding, to dilute the oxygen in deep-sea divers’ gas tanks, and to fill light bulbs.
The Nobel Prize he received in 1904 for his work with Noble gases is well deserved, his prolific work ethic and his supporting team produced extensive research in the field of inorganic chemistry. It is important to note the early part of his career began in physical chemistry.
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