Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Snubbed in New Heavy Metal Elements Naming
In early January of this year, Motorhead fans headed up a Change.org petition lobbying for one of the four newly discovered heavy metal elements to be named "Lemmium" after Lemmy Kilmister. Unfortunately, the list of submitted names does not include the late icon.
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) made the announcement earlier this week that elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have received the names Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts) and Oganesson (Og) respectively. Per the organization's guidelines, an element can only be named after "a mythological concept or character (including an astronomical object, a mineral or similar substance, a place or geographical region, a property of the element or a scientist."
Fans were hoping the "Lemmium" nomination would pass considering he meets the qualifications on a technicality. Lemmy has had a star named after him, thus the name can be classified as an astral object. Instead, the elements were named after Japan (Nihonium), Moscow, Russa (Moscovium), Tennessee (Tennessine) and Russian nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian (Oganesson).
It will take another five months before these submissions are made definitive, so the slim possibility still exists that a heavy metal will be named after the beloved Kilmister. If a new type of rock is discovered, fans would surely happily accept considering Lemmy walked out each night and said, "We are Motorhead and we play rock 'n' roll."
Other rock acts have been permanently embedded in scientific nomenclature with an ancient marine worm being named after the master of falsetto, King Diamond. Hardcore punk icon Henry Rollins also has a muscular fireworm bearing his name.
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