Origin / Meaning of the name Gallium
The name originates from the Latin word Gallia meaning France also gallus, meaning "rooster"after the French chemist Paul-Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudan known as 'Lecoq'.
Periodic Table Group and Classification of the of the Gallium Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Gallium classified in the 'Other Metals' section which can be located in groups 13, 14, and 15 of the Periodic Table. All of these elements are solid, have a relatively high density and are opaque. Nearly 75% of all the elements in the Periodic Table are classified as metals which are detailed in the List of Metals.
Facts about the Discovery and History of the Gallium Element
Gallium was discovered by Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran in France in 1875.
History of the Periodic Table
Check out the brief History of the Periodic Table which details dates and the names of famous scientists and chemists who contributed to the development of the Periodic Table.
Occurrence of the Gallium Element
Gallium does not exist in pure form in nature
Found as a trace element in coal, bauxite, and other minerals
Abundances of the element in different environments
% in Universe 1×10-6%
% in Sun 4×10-6%
% in Meteorites 0.00076%
% in Earth's Crust 0.0019%
% in Oceans 3×10-9%
% in Humans N/A
Associated Uses of Gallium
Component of various low-melting alloys