Atomic number: 67
Year discovered: 1878 and 1879.
Discovered by: J. L. Soret in 1878 and independently by Per Teodor Cleve (1840-1905), a Swedish chemist in 1879.
- Cleve named the element from the Latinized word Holmia for Stockholm, his native city.
- The element occurs associated with other rare earths in the minerals gadolinite, euxenite, xenotime, samarskite, and others.
- The metal and its compounds are used for research purposes and their limited applications are based largely upon distinctive electronic and magnetic properties.
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