Germanium

1886

Germanium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

FreibergClemens Winkler elements

Germanium

Atomic number 32

Angularium

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Clemens Winkler’s name for his own country was not “Germany,” but “Deutschland.” According to Peter van der Krogt, Winkler named germanium after the Roman’s names for the area they occupied, west and south of the Rhine, Lower and Upper Germania, and the area east of the Rhine, Greater Germania, whose people defeated the Romans in AD 9, establishing the Rhine and the Danube as the northern border of the Roman Empire.

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