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Rutherfordium Facts

Chemical & Physical Properties


Rutherfordium is named in honor of Ernest Rutherford.

Rutherfordium is named in honor of Ernest Rutherford.

Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection, University of Pennsylvania Library
Periodic Table of the Elements


Atomic Number: 104

Symbol: Rf

Atomic Weight: [261]

Discovery: A. Ghiorso, et al, L Berkeley Lab, USA 1969 - Dubna Lab, Russia 1964

Electron Configuration: [Rn] 5f14 6d2 7s2

Element Classification: Transition Metal

Word Origin: Named in honor of Ernest Rutherford

Appearance: radioactive synthetic metal

References: Los Alamos National Laboratory (2001), Crescent Chemical Company (2001), Lange's Handbook of Chemistry (1952), CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics (18th Ed.)

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