John Newlands

John Alexander Reina Newlands (26 November 1837– 29 July 1898) was an English chemist who worked on the discovery of the Periodic Table of the Elements.[1] He studied at the Royal College of Chemistry in London.

He arranged the chemical elements according to their atomic weight. He noticed a pattern with every eighth element, which he compared to octaves in music. He called this the Law of Octaves.[2]


  1. "John Alexander Reina Newlands (British chemist)". Britannica Online Encyclopedia. 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  2. "John Alexander Reina Newlands". 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.