Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements, Celebrating 150 Years

Published 20th March 2019

The United Nations has declared 2019 the “International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements,” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first periodic table and recognise the important role chemistry plays today in promoting sustainable development and providing solutions to global challenges.

Dimitri Mendeleev (1834-1907) created his early periodic table in 1869. He took the 63 known elements and arranged them into a table, mainly by their atomic mass. Although he was not the first person to do this, his interpretation involved a leap of ingenuity, in that he put those with similar properties below each other into groups and left gaps for new elements to be slotted in.

This has since formed the basis for scientists to search for or synthesise the missing elements. In the current periodic table of the chemical elements there are now 118 elements, laid out in order of increasing atomic number. There are repeating patterns in the properties of the elements, which give the periodic table its name.

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