Chemical Elements History and Information Antimony

About the chemical element Antimony, its symbol, atomic number and weight, who discovered it and when.

The Atomic Elements and Their Uses

(Element) (Symbol) (Atomic number) (Atomic weight)

Antimony Sb 51 121.75

Discovered by Basil Valentine of Germany in 1450. Known since prehistoric times. The sulfide of antimony (antimony and sulfur) was used as a cosmetic and medicine by ancient peoples. The Old Testament says Jezebel used it as eye makeup. Nowadays, antimony is used in making yellow and white pigments, pewter, and semiconductors for transistors. It is also used for vulcanizing rubber and plastics to prevent them from becoming soft when exposed to heat, and for flameproofing fabrics.

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