Where did the word radon come from?

History and Uses: Radon was discovered by Friedrich Ernst Dorn, a German chemist, in 1900 while studying radium's decay chain. Originally named niton after the Latin word for shining, nitens, radon has been known as radon since 1923. Today, radon is still primarily obtained through the decay of radium.

Herein, who invented radon?

Radon was the fifth radioactive element to be discovered, in 1899 by Ernest Rutherford and Robert B. Owens, after uranium, thorium, radium and polonium. In 1900 Friedrich Ernst Dorn reported some experiments in which he noticed that radium compounds emanate a radioactive gas he named 'Radium Emanation' ('Ra Em').

Where does radon come from?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium. It is usually found in igneous rock and soil, but in some cases, well water may also be a source of radon.

Why is it called radon?

Radon gas was discovered in 1900 by Fredrich E. Dorn in Halle, Germany. He described it as radium emanation because it arose from the element radium, which he was working with. In 1908 William Ramsay and Robert Gray isolated the gas and named it niton.
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