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Europium atom
Europium ion

What the name means: Europium was named after the continent, Europe.

Who identified europium? Europium was identified by the French scientist, Eugène-Anatole Demarçay in 1901.

About europium: Europium 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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