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More About Gadolinium
What the name means: Gadolinium was named after the mineral gadolinite in which it was first identified, Gadolinite was, in turn named after the Finnish chemist, Johan Gadolin (1760 - 1852).
Who identified gadolinium?: Gadolinium was identified by the French scientist, Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac in 1880.
STP = standard temperature and pressure.
About gadolinium: Gadolinium is one of the members of the group of elements know as the rare earths. There are sixteen elements in this group. The word "earth" was used to describe the oxide of metals. The word "rare" was applied to these sixteen elements because it was believed that their metal oxides were not present in any great quantity in the Earth's crust. In fact, for most of the elements in this group, this is not the case. Their metal oxides are quite abundant, although they often occur mixed with other compounds.
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