Fun Facts

  • Beryllium is the fourth element on the periodic table and the 44th most abundant element in the earth’s crust.
  • Beryllium is two-thirds the density of aluminum.
  • By weight, beryllium has six times the specific stiffness of steel.
  • Beryllium is non-magnetic.
  • Only three countries, the United States, China, and Kazakhstan currently process beryllium ores and concentrates into beryllium products.
  • Beryllium was discovered in 1798 by Louis-Nicholas Vauquelin.
  • Beryllium is used in the Space Shuttle and the Spitzer Space Telescope – due to its strength and light weight.
  • The next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to deploy in 2014, will depend on a 6.5 meter beryllium mirror to see objects 200 times fainter than visible before.
  • Beryllium is a part of many of the things you rely on each day, including cellular phones, kitchen and laundry appliances, home temperature controls, MP3 players, desktop and portable computers, and your car.
  • Beryllium ceramics are used to focus and control the lasers used in eye surgery.