If Motorhead Fans Get Their Way, A New Element Will Be Named After Lemmy
Science, the periodic table and rock ‘n’ roll!
Heavy metal fans wishing to honor the late Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister are petitioning to name one of four newly discovered elements after the recently deceased Motorhead vocalist and bass player.
“Lemmy was a force of nature and the very essence of heavy metal,” the petition says. “We believe it is fitting that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recommend that one of the four new discovered Heavy Metals in the Periodic table is named Lemmium.”
Traditionally, elements have been named for minerals, a location, some property of the element or a noted scientist. There is also precedence for choosing a name based on a mythological concept or character — so maybe Lemmium has a chance of getting in that way.