William Ramsay, Scottish chemist

William Ramsay, Scottish chemist

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Caption: William Ramsay (1852-1916), Scottish chemist. Ramsay studied in Germany under Bunsen, obtaining his PhD in 1873. After years of teaching, he started research into nitrogen in 1892. In 1894 Ramsay isolated a new gas from a sample of atmospheric nitrogen, identifying it with a spectroscope. It was a totally inert element which he called argon. Over the following years he isolated and identified helium, neon, krypton and xenon. For this work, Ramsay was knighted in 1902 and received the 1904 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was also awarded the Franklin Institute's Elliott Cresson Medal in 1913. Photographed in 1904.

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