uranium, Uranus, pitchblende

Uranium, element 92, was identified as an element in 1789 by German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth, who named it after the recently discovered planet Uranus. In Greek mythology, Uranus was the primordial sky deity who mated with Gaia, the earth, to give birth to the Titans, the race of beings who preceded the Olympian gods. The chemical symbol for uranium is U. English use of the name uranium dates to at least 1797, when it appears in the third edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Uranium, a fossil found [...] in Saxony, and [...] in Bohemia, and is, by the miners, called Pechblend.1

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