It is believed that Albertus Magnus obtained the element in 1250 A.D. Schroeder published two methods for preparation of the element in 1649 [4].

Origin of name

From Greek arsenikon and latin arsenicum meaning yellow orpiment. Also arsenicos, male as it was believed that metals were different sexes. The name also occurs in the arabic Az-zernikh, the orpiment from Persian zerni-zar, gold [4].