|Berkeley—Stanley Gerald Thompson, Kenneth Street, Jr., Albert Ghiorso, Glenn T. Seaborg elements
They bombarded curium-242 with helium ions in their sixty-inch diameter cyclotron at Berkeley, California, producing about five thousand atoms of californium-245 that decayed with a half life of forty-four minutes, and they named it Californium, having only a strained analogy to dysprosium’s “hard to get at.”
Atomic number 98
Californium-252 emits neutrons furiously, which hospitals use to bombard certain brain and cervical cancers, industry uses to analyze coal and cement in real time, engineers use for neutron radiography, prospectors use for field analysis of gold and silver ores, and the power industry uses to start nuclear reactors.
Here it says that I may name whatever I create and name it whatever I please. I may use my own names for things whose name doesn’t please me. Therefore, I can name them but I cannot force anyone to use the names I choose.