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Friday, 14 August 2015


British scientist Henry Cavendish was the first to recognize hydrogen gas as a discrete substance and is usually given credit for its discovery as an element.

French chemist Antoine Lavoisier gave hydrogen its name in 1783. He was also the first to isolate oxygen and understand its true nature.  After the French Revolution, Lavoisier was accused of selling adulterated tobacco and of other crimes and died at the guillotine in 1794

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the known universe (though unfortunately not easily found in its pure form on Earth).

Hydrogen was the primary gas used in the world's gaslights for centuries (along with other gases), long before electric lights.

An adult produces enough hydrogen in their urine each year to drive a car 2,700 kilometres.

Every second of every day, the sun converts 700 million tons of hydrogen into 695 million tons of helium. The other 5 million tons becomes energy.

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