One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The name proposed by IUPAC for the chemical element of atomic number 105, now called dubnium.
- ‘The originally proposed names of these elements by IUPAC were, in order, dubnium, joliotium, rutherfordium, bohrium, hahnium, and meiterium.’
- ‘In 1994 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recommended the name joliotium for Element 105.’
- ‘Its former names have included hahnium, joliotium and nielsbohrium’
- ‘Consequently, hahnium has a chance of rejoining the periodic table, and even the French joliotium might make into the pantheon.’
- ‘In August 1994 a panel of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recommended it be called joliotium, for the French physicist Frederic Joliot-Curie.’
1990s: modern Latin, from the name of J. F. Joliot (see Joliot, Jean-Frédéric).
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