Atomic number: 97
Year discovered: 1949
Discovered by: Glenn Theodore Seaborg (1912-1999), American physicist; and co-workers, Albert Ghiorso (born July 15, 1915), and S. G. Thompson at the University of California at Berkeley.
- The scientists suggested the name berkelium in honor of the place of its discovery.
- It was first isolated in weighable amounts by Thompson and B. B. Cunningham at Berkeley in 1958.
- Berkelium is a man-made chemical element that exists only in radioactive forms prepared by nuclear reaction.
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