Atomic number: 85
Year discovered: 1940; named in 1947 at the University of California, Berkeley.
Discovered by: Emilio Gino Segrè (1905-1989), Italian physicist, Dale R. Corson, and Kenneth R. MacKenzie.
- Astatine was synthesized in 1940 by Dale Corson, Kenneth MacKenzie, and Emilio Segrè at the University of California, Berkeley, by bombarding bismuth with alpha-particles which resulted in a nuclear reaction.
- Astatine has some physiological importance because it is readily taken up by the thyroid gland as is iodine.
- In general, it resembles iodine.
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