What are 5 elements named after people?

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Sep 20, 2016


Seventeen elements are named after people.


The five most recent elements to be named after people are:

  • #""_118"Og"(sf"Oganesson")"#; named after the Russian nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian (discovered in 2002; named in 2016.)

  • #""_116"Lv" (sf"Livermorium")#; named for the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Livermore, California, which is in turn named after a rancher, who had the last name of Livermore (discovered in 2000; named in 2012)

  • #""_114"Fl" (sf"Flerovium")#; named for the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions in Dubna, Russia. The name of the laboratory, in turn, honours the Russian physicist, Georgy Flerov (discovered in 1998; named in 2012.)

  • #""_112"Cn"(sf"Copernicium")#; Nicolaus Copernicus (discovered in 1996; named in 2009)

  • #""_111"Rg" (sf"Roentgenium")#; Wilhelm Roentgen (discovered in 1994; named in 2004)

Periodic Table
(Adapted from www.ptable.com)