10Ne Neon

Year Discovered


Discovered By

Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers of England

Biological Rating

Not necessary for life.


Named from the Greek word meaning “new,” neon is a colorless, odorless gas. It is nearly inert towards all other elements and chemicals. The primary use of neon is the colored lights that take their name from the element. A moderate electric current will cause even low amounts of neon to glow a bright orange-red. Neon also is used in TV tubes, lasers and as a refrigerant.

Biological Benefits

Neon has no known biological use.

Role in Life Processes

NONE (noble gas)


Neon mostly is obtained from liquefying air. There are no neon-bearing minerals.