|Origin of Name
||After the Greek god, Prometheus, who stole fire from the sky and
gave it to man
|Date and Place of Discovery
||In 1944 at the Clinton Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as part of the
Manhattan Project, but not documented or claimed until 1946
Jacob A. Marinsky, Lawrence E. Glendenin and
Charles D. Coryell
- Its existence was predicted by
Bohuslav Brauner in 1902, which was supported by
Henry Moseley in 1914
- It was discovered while analyzing the byproducts of uranium fission in a nuclear
- Only trace amounts have been found in nature.
- It has been found in
- It is highly radioactive.
- It can generate X-rays during beta decay.
- Thickness gauges.
- Nuclear batteries
- Luminous paint for watches
- Luminous paints
- Possible future uses: X-rays, space probes and satellites