Atomic number: 83
Year discovered: no data
Discovered by: Known since ancient times, but no one is identified.
- In early times bismuth was confused with tin and lead.
- Georgius Agricola, the mining and metallurgy historian, in the 16th century regarded bismuth as a true metal and distinct from metals such as tin, lead, and antimony.
- German, Bismut (now also spelled Wismut) was Latinized by Georgius Agricola in 1530 as bisemutum.
- Claude J. Geoffroy, the Younger, showed it to be distinct from lead in 1753.
- Because of their low melting points, bismuth eutectic alloys are used in automatic sprinkler systems, fuse and safety plugs, and in automatic fire-alarm systems.
Name in other languages:
German: Bismut or Wismut
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