1875 Gallium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

ParisPaul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran elements


Atomic number 31

Bizarre stuff

Gallium was the first element that was discovered with a spectroscope but was not named after its color. Although “gallus” is Latin for rooster (“le coq” in French), Lecoq declared that he named gallium after “Gallia,” the Latin name for Gaul (that is, France).

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