Origin of samariumModL: so named (1879) by Boisbaudran (see gallium) from French samarskite (see samarskite), in which it occurs + -ium
Origin of samariumsamar(skite) the mineral from which samarium was first isolated in 1879 -ium
See Periodic Table
- A metallic chemical element (symbol Sm) with an atomic number of 62.
After samarskite, in turn honoring Vasili Samarsky-Bykhovets