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More About Beryllium
What the name means: The name Beryllium comes from the Greek word beryllos, meaning beryl. As long ago as prehistoric times, the different types of the stone known as beryl have been considered precious. The green form of beryl is better known as emerald.
Who identified beryllium?: In 1797 Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, a French alchemist working in Paris, identified beryllium in a rock called Bery. It took another 150 years for beryllium metal to be produced in any quantity.
STP = standard temperature and pressure.
About beryllium: Beryllium belongs to the alkaline earth metals. This is the vertical group II of the periodic table. It is a greyish, light solid at room temperature and pressure. One interesting fact about beryllium is that it transmits sound faster than any other element!
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