Atomic number: 98
Year discovered: 1950
Discovered by: Glenn Theodore Seaborg (1912-1999), American physicist, Albert Ghiorso (born July 15, 1915), and Kenneth Street, in Berkeley, California.
- Metallic californium should be electropositive, reactive, and silver-colored like other actinide metals.
- Californium is a synthetic chemical element not found in nature.
- The discoverers suggested the name californium to honor the state and the university where the work was done.
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