Georges Urbain

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Georges Urbain
Solvay conference, 1922.jpg
Born(1872-04-12)April 12, 1872
DiedNovember 5, 1938(1938-11-05) (aged 66)
Known fordiscovery of Lutetium
claimed discovery of Celtium

Georges Urbain (12 April 1872 – 5 November 1938 in Paris) French chemist, professor of Sorbonne. He studied at the elite École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI ParisTech).[1] He discovered the element lutetium (atomic number 71) independently in 1907-08.


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