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Purdue professor sets world record

A new record was set for the fastest time to arrange all elements of the period table.

Posted: Aug. 15, 2018 5:44 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Purdue professor is now the holder of a world record.

Chemical Engineering Professor Dr. Vilas Pol set the record for the fastest time to arrange all elements of the period table Wednesday morning.

The record has never been attempted before, and strict regulations were in place. Guinness World Records gave Dr. Pol three attempts to successfully complete the table. In addition, the table had to have correct shape.

Since this was a new record attempt, Vilas was given a maximum of 10 minutes. 

Vilas hopes setting the record will inspire future students to pursue science. "I just want to inspire our students, next generation. I hope they remember because the period table is a mother of science and technology. If you know it well, you can do very good science and deal with very good technologies," said Vilas.

It took Dr. Pol all three attempts to successfully complete the table, but it was also his fastest recorded time. The new world record time is 8 minutes and 36 seconds.

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