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Abstract Volume 15 (2010) pp 384-386

Krypton, Neon and Xenon Their Discoveries

Keith Kostecka

Columbia College Chicago, Department of Science and Mathematics, 600 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996,
Received May 25, 2010. Accepted September 22, 2010.

Published: 12 December 2010

Abstract. Very few students who study chemistry know the history behind the experimental design and discovery of the noble gases. In this paper, an effort is made to give this perspective through a description of the work done on the discovery of krypton, neon and xenon during the late spring and summer of the year 1898.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; discovery of the noble gases

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