Indium was discovered in 1863 by Ferdinand Reich and Hieronymous Richter, who named it after the strong indigo band in its atomic spectrum. Indium has many technological uses both on its own and combined with other elements. It can be used in LCD TVs, solar panels and as a semiconductor in microchips.
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