When was helium discovered?
Helium was discovered in 1868 as a new spectral line in light
from the sun by French astronomer Jules Janssen during a total
solar eclipse in Guntur, India. In the same year, Norman Lockyer,
an English Astronomer concluded that the new spectral line was
caused by an element in the Sun unknown on Earth and named it
In 1882, Italian physicist Luigi Palmieri detected helium on
Earth for the first time.
March 26, 1895 Sir William Ramsay, a Scottish chemist, isolated
helium on Earth.