Actinium: historical information

  • Discoveror: Andre Debierne
  • Place of discovery: France
  • Date of discovery: 1899
  • Origin of name : from the Greek word "aktinos" meaning "ray".

Actinium was discovered by Andre Debierne in 1899 and independently by F. Giesel in 1902, both of whom obtained it while working on separation techniques for rare earth oxides.

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