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International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements

27 Feb 2019  Wed

On 2nd January, Algeria released a 25-dinar commemorative stamp to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The stamp depicts the scientist who derived the table – Mendeleev, and a globe with the symbols for nitrogen (n), carbon (c), mendelevium (md), oxygen (o) and hydrogen (h). Designed by Kamar Eddine Krim, the stamps were printed by The Bank of Algeria by offset.

On 9th January, Spain issued a self-adhesive non-denominated postage stamp to celebrate the same occasion. The stamp belongs to Spain’s Science series and features the periodic table in the background with three columns of vanadium (v), tungsten (w) and platinum (pt) in blue. Red and yellow stripes of Spain’s national flag are shown on every blue column. Sheets of 50 were printed by offset by the Royal Spanish Mint. The periodic table was also featured on a €0.30 Spanish stamp that was released on 2nd February 2007 on the occasion of the 100th death anniversary of Mendeleev.

2019 has been proclaimed by the UN as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The Periodic Table is one of the most significant achievements in modern science which has helped research activities in chemistry, physics, biology and many other fields. 2019 also marks the 150th anniversary of the periodic table which was put together by Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev. The table groups various chemical elements depending on the number of protons or atomic number. The elements which are placed in the same line have similar chemical properties.

An 11.80-shekel commemorative stamp was released by Israel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of a program called "Science Oriented Youth". Designed by David Ben-Hador, the stamp depicts scientific equipment, symbols, an image of a brain representing the logical and creative halves; a globe; Albert Einstein’s E = MC2 equation etc. in attached labels. The stamps are printed in panes of 15 with five tabs by Cartor Security Printing of France.

The program was introduced at Tel Aviv University and has been adopted by various other institutions. The program offers school-going students different courses, seminars and teaches processes, innovative research methods related to neuroscience, marine biology, microbiology and genetic engineering, chemistry, psychology and much more.

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