ALUMINIUM, young metal

Aluminium is a relatively young metal in that two hundred years ago no one knew that it existed. It was not until 1825 that Hans Christian Oersted, professer of phisics at the University of Copenhagen managed to produce the first few milligrams of pure aluminium in his laboratory.

It took a further thirty years after Oersted´s original research effors for H. Saint-Claire Deville to produce a slightly larger sample of the pure metal and this was exhibited as a small bar at the Paris Exhibition of 1855 next  to crown jewels of France.