Mendelevium, element 101, was first synthesized in 1955 by a team at the University of California, Berkeley led by Albert Ghiorso. The team named the element after Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, creator of the periodic table.1

The team originally suggested a chemical symbol of Mv, but Md was the one officially adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 1997.

1Oxford English Dictionary, mendelevium, 3rd Edition, June 2008, Oxford University Press, accessed 26 November 2009,

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