1886 Germanium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

FreibergClemens Winkler elements Germanium


Atomic number 32



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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