Many countries are honoured in the periodic table. There’s americium, germanium, polonium, and francium, to name but a few. Usually these place names reflect where their discoverer worked. But despite the number of elements first isolated in England – ten were found at the Royal Institution in London alone – there is no englandium, unitedkingdium or brittanium. However, there is europium, which allows for the possibility of a UK discoverer.
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