Curium was identified by Seaborg, James and Ghiorso at the wartime Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago in 1944. The metal was the result of a helium ion bombardment of the plutonium isotope 239Pu. Visible amounts of the 242Cm hydroxide were isolated by Werner and Perlman in 1947. Crane, Wallmann and Cunningham prepared curium in its elemental form for the first time in 1951 [2].

Origin of name

Named after Pierre and Marie Curie [2].