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In which country was boron discovered?

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Boron was discovered in 1808 in both France and Great Britain. The chemists Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac and Louis-Jaques Thénard isolated boron in their laboratory in France. Around the same time, Sir Humphry Davy was isolating boron in his lab in London; all three chemists are credited with the discovery.

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All three chemists discovered boron by reacting boric acid with another element, possibly magnesium or potassium. Their samples were about 60 percent pure and produced a solid that the French chemists saw as gray and Davy called dark olive. A 99 percent pure boron sample was later isolated in 1909 by Ezekiel Weintraub, an American chemist who used hydrogen to reduce boron halides.

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