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Radiochimica Acta

International Journal for chemical aspects of nuclear science and technology

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Volume 88, Issue 3-4


The centenary of a controversial discovery: actinium

J. P. Adloff
Published Online: 2009-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/ract.2000.88.3-4.123

André Debierne, collaborator of Pierre and Marie Curie, announced in 1900 the discovery of actinium, a third radioelement in pitchblende with properties resembling those of thorium. Four years later, Friedrich Giesel found a substance with a strong emanating power following lanthanum and which he called emanium. It become progressively clear that actinium and emanium were the same element. The arguments developed in the ensuing controversy are reviewed. Eventually Debierne was recognized as the discoverer of actinium, element 89 in the periodic table.

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Published Online: 2009-09-25

Published in Print: 2000-03-01

Citation Information: Radiochimica Acta, Volume 88, Issue 3-4, Pages 123–128, ISSN (Online) 2193-3405, ISSN (Print) 0033-8230, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/ract.2000.88.3-4.123.

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