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Plaque for Sir William Ramsay Unveiled

Posted on 3. March, 2011.

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Journal of Chemical Research Editor-in-Chief, Alywn Davies, recently unveiled an English Heritage plaque on the house in Notting Hill where Sir William Ramsay lived.

Ramsay was professor of chemistry at UCL, and in the four years between 1894 and 1898 he discovered five new elements. These were the noble gases helium, neon, argon, krypton and xenon and they added a whole new group to the Periodic Table.

The ceremony was accompanied by a piper, and a group of cyclists retraced Ramsay's ride to UCL, which he claimed to have completed in 18 minutes. The One Show are basing an item on the occasion.

Alwyn then gave a lecture on Ramsay and his discovery of the noble gases at UCL, and at the reception which followed, the Provost was piped in with the haggis; (it was close to Burns' day, and Ramsay was Scottish).

Alwyn has agreed to write an article on Ramsay and the noble gases for Science Progress, which will feature in the near future.

For more information about Sir William Ramsay, please visit one of the links below:

www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/sir-william-ramsay-blue-plaque

www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/news/chemistry-events-publication/events/2011/Ramsay_2011