Crookes was an English chemist who discovered the element thallium.
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Crookes was an English chemist who discovered the element thallium
. He also discovered negative electrical cathodes in low pressure emit 'cathode rays' or a stream of fast moving electrons. The Crookes radiometer, sold in many museum gift shops and novelty stores was an accidental invention while trying to weigh out samples in a partially evacuated scale. He noticed the scale would move when struck by sunlight. He built the device to investigate this phenomenon.