Manganese, not to be confused with the metal magnesium, is an element with the chemical symbol Mn and the atomic number 25. This post will tell you who discovered manganese and then list a few interesting facts about the element.
Who discovered manganese?
In early 1774, Carl Wilhelm Scheele proposed the existence of the element manganese. He is sometimes credited as discoverer due to this. However, the true discoverer of manganese was Swedish chemist Johan Gottlieb Gahn. He isolated impure manganese metal in late 1774. As he was the first to obtain manganese metal and observe it, he is the true discoverer of manganese.
Interesting facts about manganese
- Manganese is a solid silvery-gray metal at room temperature.
- Manganese is in group 7, period 4 and the block d of the periodic table.
- Manganese is the 12th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.
- Manganese is an important element for all forms of life. In humans, manganese is stored in the liver and kidneys.
- South Africa, Australia, China, Brazil, Gabon, Ukraine, India, Ghana and Kazakhstan are some of the countries that mine manganese.
- There is only one stable isotope of manganese.
- Even though manganese was not discovered until 1774, compounds of manganese were used by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans.