Seaborg, Glenn T. Formerly, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California. Nobelist.
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A chemical element, Cf, atomic number 98, the ninth member of the actinide series of elements. Its discovery and production have been based upon artificial nuclear transmutation of radioactive isotopes of lighter elements. All isotopes of californium are radioactive, with half-lives ranging from a minute to about 1000 years. Because of its nuclear instability, californium does not exist in the Earth's crust. See also: Actinide elements; Berkelium; Periodic table; Radioactivity
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