31 No. 5
Name and Symbol of the Element with Atomic Number 112
A joint IUPAC/IUPAP Working Party (JWP) has confirmed the discovery of the element with atomic number 112 by the collaboration of Hofmann et al. from the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH in Darmstadt, Germany. In accordance with IUPAC procedures, the discoverers proposed a name, copernicium, and symbol, Cn, for the element. The Inorganic Chemistry Division now recommends these proposals for acceptance.
This proposal lies within the long tradition of naming elements to honor famous scientists. Nicolaus Copernicus was born on 19 February 1473 in Torún, Poland, and died on 24 May 1543 in Frombork/Frauenburg. His work has been of exceptional influence on the philosophical and political thinking of humanmankind and on the rise of modern science based on experimental results.
Comments by 31 January 2010
Prof. John Corish <[email protected]>
University of Dublin
Chemistry Department, Trinity College
Dublin 2, Ireland
last modified 14 September 2009.
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