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
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
Gallium was discovered by
Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran in France in 1875.
History of the Periodic Table
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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
% 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