|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
- 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.