Curium: historical information

  • Discoveror: Glenn T. Seaborg, Ralph A. James, Albert Ghiorso
  • Place of discovery: USA
  • Date of discovery: 1944
  • Origin of name : named after Pierre and Marie "Curie".

Curium was identified by Seaborg and others in 1944 as a result of helium ion bombardment of the plutonium isotope 239Pu. Three years later visible amounts of the hydroxide were isolated by Werner and Perlman. In 1951, the same workers prepared curium in its elemental form for the first time.

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