Curium, element 96, was first produced in 1944 at the University of California, Berkeley, by a team led by chemist Glenn Seaborg. The team named the element after Marie and Pierre Curie, the discoverers of radium. Published use of the name dates to at least 1946.1

The chemical symbol for curium is Cm.

1Oxford English Dictionary, curium, 2nd Edition, 1989, Oxford University Press, accessed 22 November 2009,

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