It was 207 years ago #onthisday
that the discovery of boron was announced!
In 1808, Sir Humphry Davy, a chemist and inventor, announced that he had successfully isolated the chemical element boron by combining boric acid with potassium. This announcement came within days of Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, a chemist and physicist, reaching the same achievement independently. Though there may be some question about its exact date of discovery, Davy officially announced boron's isolation on 30 June 1808 before the Royal Society.
Boron and its many forms have a variety of uses, from the production of glass and ceramics to use in semiconducters and magnets. You have probably come across some forms of boron, or 'borax', in detergent and cleaning agents you have around the house, while other forms are applied in #medicine
for their antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The many applications of boron even include its use in shielding and controlling fission inside #nuclear
Photo: Borax crystal -- one of boron's many forms