Atomic number: 62
Year discovered: 1879
Discovered by: Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1838-1912), a French chemist.
- Samarium was discovered spectroscopically by its sharp absorption lines, in 1853, by Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac in an “earth” called didymia.
- The element was isolated, in 1879, by Lecoq de Boisbaudran from the mineral samarskite, named in honor of a Russian mine official, Colonel Samarski, and which therefore gave samarium its name.
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