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When was hydrogen discovered?

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Henry Cavendish is credited with discovering the element hydrogen in 1766 in London, England. Although 1766 is when the element was first recognized, some scientists, including Robert Boyle, had produced the gas before this time, but they did not know what the element actually was.

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Hydrogen has no odor or color, is low in density and can be found in almost all living things. It's very abundant because of its presence in water. It's commonly used in the chemistry, glass and electronics industry, with some of its uses including filling balloons, making ammonia and hydrogenating oils.

The symbol for the element is H, and it has an atomic number of 1. Its melting point is -434.49 degrees Fahrenheit, and its boiling point is -423.182 F.

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