Spectrum tube used by Sir William Ramsay
Spectrum tube used by Sir William Ramsay, containing helium from cleveite, January 1899.
Sir William Ramsay (1852-1916) was a Scottish chemist who was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of the noble gases. In 1894 Ramsay successfully isolated helium from a sample of cleveite, a radioactive variety of uraninite. Helium is created in uraninite by the process of alpha decay and becomes trapped within the mineral. This spectrum tube was used by Ramsay in his research.
- Experimental Chemistry
- Object Number:
- scientific instruments
- tools and equipment
- University College London, Dept. of Chemistry
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.