What makes mendelevium, nobelium and lawrencium special?




                           Three great scientists are honoured in the naming of these elements.

                           Mendelevium is a synthetic element named after Dmitri Mendeleev, father of the periodic table. Glenn Seaborg, Albert Ghiorso, Gregory Choppin, Stanley Thompson, and Bernard Harvey synthesized the element mendelevium in 1955. The first sample of mendelevium was only seventeen atoms! Due to its rarity, there are no known commercial applications for the element. The atomic number of the element is 101, and it is represented as Md.






                Nobelium is named after Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and benefactor of the Nobel Prize. The element was officially discovered in April 1958 by Albert Ghiorso, Glenn Seaborg, Torbjorn Sikkeland and John R. Walton. As nobelium has been produced only in small quantities, its use is restricted to scientific research alone. It has the atomic number 102, and the atomic symbol, No.





                  Lawrencium is named after Ernest Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron, a particle accelerator, in which radioactive elements are isolated. There are no known commercial uses for lawrencium, as it does not occur naturally. The atomic number of lawrencium is 103, and its atomic symbol is Lr.


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