Name given to astatine, element 85, but not accepted.

In 1931 Fred Allison and his associates at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute announced discovery of element 85. They named it “alabamine”, with the symbol Ab. Three years later their discovery was effectively refuted by McPherson.

F. Allison, E. J. Murphy, E. R. Bishop and A. L. Sommer.
Evidence of the detection of element 85 in certain substances.
Physical Review, vol. 37, no. 9, pages 1178–1180 (1931).

H. G. MacPherson.
An investigation of the magneto-optic method of chemical analysis.
Physical Review, vol. 47, no. 4, pages 310–315 (1934)

R. F. Trimble.
What happened to alabamine, virginium, and illinium?
Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 52,no. 9, page 585 (September 1975).
doi: 10.1021/ed052p585


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