Chemical Elements History and Information Tungsten

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

The Atomic Elements and Their Uses

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

Tungsten (Wolfram) W 74 183.85

Predicted by Peter Woulfe of Ireland in 1779. Isolated by Juan de Elhuyar and Fausto de Elhuyar of Spain in 1783. Tungsten has the highest melting point of any metal, 6167 deg. F (3410 deg. C). It is used for lamp filaments and contact points, like the ones in a car's distributor. Tungsten carbide is nearly as hard as diamond and is used to make armor-piercing bullets.

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