History of Science
Elements and Compounds

Who discovered platinum?

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September 07, 2011 11:33AM

The first writings describing Platinum were in 1557 by Italian Julius Caesar Scaliger (not 1735 as listed in many places online).

The new metal was further observed during an expedition of New Grenada (now known as Colombia) by Antonio de Ulloa and Don Jorge Juan y Santacilia in 1735. Their writings related to this expedition refer to the new metal as Platinum.