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Q: elements you find named after a famous scientist
A: For example, Helium (He) (Greek: “helios” = “the sun”) was found when light from the sun was studied during an eclipse in 1868. Dysprosium (Dy) was discovered in 1886 but it wasn’t until 1950 that scientists were able to isolate it. [ It gets its name from the Greek “dysprositos” = “hard to get at”! Technetium (Tc) was the first element to be produced artificially by humans (by combining nuclei
of other elements at very high energies) and it gets its name from the Greek “technetos” = “produced artificially”. Still other elements get their names from places. The winner in this department is the little village of Ytterby in Sweden. The elements Yttrium (Y), Erbium (Er), Terbium (Tb), and Ytterbium (Yb), were all isolated from minerals found there! Berkelium (Bk), Dubnium (Db), and Hassium (Hs) were named after Berkeley, CA, Dubna, Russia and the German state of Hessen, respectively, where these man-made elements were created. www.ccmr.cornell.edu/education/ask/index.html?quid=358 ]
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