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How did titanium get its name?

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Originally, the discoverer of titanium, William Gregor, named this element menachanite. M.H. Kalproth, a chemist, is credited with changing this element's name to titanium. The name "titanium" is derived from the Titans, which are gods in Greek mythology.

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Gregor discovered this element in 1791. In 1910, pure titanium was manufactured by Matthew Hunter. Titanium is a strong metal that has the atomic number of 22 and an atomic weight of 47.867 grams per mole.

In nature, titanium is not found in pure form but in minerals, such as rutile and ilmenite. Because of its different properties, such as being lightweight, strong and non-corrosive in sea water, titanium and its alloys have many different applications. Its uses include the fabrication of artificial hips, armor plating and aircraft and naval ships.

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