All is safely gathered in

The naming of cerium helped establish a trend that started in the late 18th century of naming elements after a recently discovered planet. Uranium was first, discovered and named in 1789 by Martin Klaproth just a few years after William Herschel discovered Uranus. And then in quick succession at the start of the 19th centuryContinue reading “All is safely gathered in”

Berkelium, Californium

Today two elements with names derived from places. In fact they are named after the same place. The University of California, Berkeley has been the home of many element discoveries (see Lawrencium and Seaborgium) including berkelium in 1949 and californium in 1950. I have represented berkelium with the most recognisable building at UC Berkeley: theContinue reading “Berkelium, Californium”