This is the third part in a series on the history of gold.
To read part 1, click here.
To read part 2, click here.
Gold has been with us for thousands of years. We have already seen in the previous articles that gold is used for self-adornment in the form of jewellery which serves visual purposes of beautification, and more practical uses when it is used for medical purposes such as to treat arthritis, cancer and other medical problems.
Gold is more omnipresent than we think as it is used in electronic products including the different cell phones that most of us use. By this I do not mean the external cases or frames of cell phone handsets but rather internal components.
A Nokia cell phone handset made out of gold.
These internal components of cell phones include such things as switches, connectors and so forth.
Many modern cellphones are in effect nothing more than mini-computers and are far more advanced than computers not only of the 1950s and 60s but even as recently as the 1990s so it is no surprise to know that gold is used for electrical purposes in computers and laptops including in the CPU and motherboard.
A heavily golden computer CPU chip.
A computer motherboard consisting of gold.
In addition to this gold is used in aerospace technology, construction of buildings, glassmaking and other sectors.
So gold is much more than a material for a person to look more beautiful but has many other purposes and serves many other important functions including in, our ever more digitalized and IT-based world, cell phones and computers. As far as current knowledge shows us the earliest use of gold was in the middle east thousands of years ago. Did the workmen who first make the golden jewellery of the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamia ever realize that the metal that they were using would one day be used for such a diversity of different functions.
- Jahan Choudhry