Ellen Lloyd – Today, Danish physicist Hans Christian Oersted is credited for the invention of aluminum.
In 1825, Oerstad successfully separated aluminum metal from its oxide and techniques to produce aluminum emerged in 1889.
What not well-known is that Oersted was by no means the first person who invented aluminum.
Aluminum was used at least 7,000 years ago and our modern discovery of this valuable metal is nothing but a re-invention based on knowledge our ancestors already possessed.
While excavating in Iraq, archaeologists discovered pottery produced around 5,300 B.C. These artifacts were made of clay that contained aluminum.
There is also archaeological evidence Egyptians and Babylonians used aluminum compounds in various medicines and chemicals almost 4,000 years ago.
In his writings, Pliny the Elder (AD 23 – 79.), a Roman scholar described an element he called alumen. It’s today known as alum, a compound of aluminum widely known used in the ancient and medieval world to fix dyes in textiles.
In 1959, Chinese archaeologists discovered intriguing belt buckles. Scientists wondered how our ancestors could produce these artifacts that offered evidence of advanced knowledge in metallurgy.
In 1961, French scientists examined these belt buckles and concluded that the ancient Chinese were making aluminum by an unknown process.