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Which Elements Are Named After People?

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Curium is named for Marie and Pierre Curie.

Curium is named for Marie and Pierre Curie.

Question: Which Elements Are Named After People?

Answer: There are 13 elements named after people, although only 12 of the names are formally accepted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

 

  • bohrium (Bh, 107) – Niels Bohr
  • curium (Cm, 96) – Pierre and Marie Curie
  • einsteinium (Es, 99) – Albert Einstein
  • fermium (Fm, 100) – Enrico Fermi
  • gallium (Ga, 31) – both named after Gallia (Latin for France) and its discoverer, Lecoq de Boisbaudran (le coq, the French word for 'rooster' translates to gallus in Latin)
  • hahnium (105) – Otto Hahn (Dubnium, named for Dubna in Russia, is the IUPAC-accepted name for element 105)
  • lawrencium (Lr, 103) – Ernest Lawrence
  • meitnerium (Mt, 109) – Lise Meitner
  • mendelevium (Md, 101) – Dmitri Mendeleev
  • nobelium (No, 102) – Alfred Nobel
  • roentgenium (Rg, 111) – Wilhelm Roentgen (formerly Ununumium)
  • rutherfordium (Rf, 104) – Ernest Rutherford
  • seaborgium (Sg, 106) – Glenn T. Seaborg

 

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