VOTE for your favourite scientist to win a £500 prize to spend on communicating more science.
The element Mendelevium was named after Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist said to be the ‘father of the Periodic Table’. In 1867 Mendeleev discovered a pattern between the elements known at that time to scientists, which he then used to accurately predict several new elements.
Mendelevium is a synthetic element, first made in 1955 at the University of California. At that time the United States and Russia were on opposite sides of the Cold War, so the team that made the element had to get permission from the U.S. government to name it after a Russian man.
In this general science zone you’ll meet six scientists working in a range of fields.