Sodium is a soft, silvery-white and highly reactive metal. But who discovered sodium? This post will answer that question and also tell you a few interesting facts about sodium.
Who Discovered Sodium?
Compounds of sodium have been known since ancient times. One of these, salt, was once a very valuable spice. Roman soldiers were even paid their wages in salt. In medieval Europe, a compound of sodium (probably sodium carbonate) was used to relieve headaches. Sir Humphry Davy is credited with being the first to discover sodium as he was the first person to isolate the metal from caustic soda in 1807.
Interesting Facts About Sodium
- Sodium is combined with fatty acids to make soap.
- Humans require 500mg of sodium per day. Most people consume a lot more than this, especially people who enjoy eating lots of salt on their food.
- At room temperature, sodium is soft enough to be cut by a knife.
- Commercially, sodium is obtained from the electrolysis of salt (sodium chloride).
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