1939 Francium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

ParisMarguerite Perey elements Francium


Atomic number 87

Unlucky 87

Francium was the last element to be found first in nature. All the remaining 29 known elements have been synthesized first. Although astintine, for example, occurs in nature, it was discovered first by bombarding bismuth with alpha particles.

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  • Francium,” Elementymology & Elements Multidict, by Peter van der Krogt