Atomic number: 64
Year discovered: 1880
Discovered by: Jean-Charles Gallissard de Marignac (1817-1894), a Swiss chemist.
- Spectroscopic lines due to gadolinium were observed by Jean-Charles Galissard de Marignac in 1880 in samples of didymia and gadolinite.
- Gadolinia, the oxide of gadolinium, was separated by Paul-Émile Lecoq de Biosbaudran (1838-1912) in 1886.
- The element was named for the mineral gadolinite from which this rare earth was originally obtained.
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