Europium, element 63, is, as one might expect, named after the continent of Europe. The element was first isolated in 1901 by French chemist Eugène-Anatole Demarçay who gave it its name.1

Europium has the chemical symbol Eu.

1Oxford English Dictionary, europium, 3rd Edition, March 2008, Oxford University Press, accessed 18 October 2009,

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