Vol 3 No 2 Suppl. 5 (2019)
Special Issue Article

The Development of the Periodic Table and its Consequences

John Emsley
Alameda Lodge, 23a Alameda Road, Ampthill, MK45 2LA, UK

Published 2019-12-16


  • Periodic table,
  • Mendeleev,
  • Newlands,
  • Deming,
  • Seaborg

How to Cite

Emsley, J. (2019). The Development of the Periodic Table and its Consequences. Substantia, 3(2), 15 - 27. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-297


Chemistry is fortunate among the sciences in having an icon that is instantly recognisable around the world: the periodic table. The United Nations has deemed 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the first paper in which it appeared. That had been written by a Russian chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev, and was published in May 1869. Since then, there have been many versions of the table, but one format has come to be the most widely used and is to be seen everywhere. The route to this preferred form of the table makes an interesting story.