Atomic number: 95
Year discovered: 1944
Discovered by: Glenn Theodore Seaborg (1912-1999), American physicist; and co-workers, Albert Ghiorso (born July 15, 1915), Ralph A. James, and Leon O. Morgan at the war-time Metallurgical Laboratory of The University of Chicago.
- Seaborg, and his co-workers, suggested the name americium, after the Americas; since its rare-earth homologue, europium, had been named for Europe.
- It is used as the starting material for the production of curium, which is used in isotope power sources.
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