|Date of discovery||1886|
|Name of discoverer||Clemens Winkler|
|Name origin||From the Latin word Germania, meaning Germany|
|Obtained from||Refining of copper, zinc, lead|
Germanium (jer-MAY-ni-em) is a brittle, silvery-white semi-metal (metalloid).
Germanium was first proposed to exist by Dmitri Mendeleyev in 1871. He had recently created a Periodic Table of Elements, and identified gaps which where unknown elements. Germanium was officially discovered in 1886 by Clemens Winkler, a German chemist. He found it in the mineral argyrodite (Ag8GeS6).
|Periodic Table of the Elements|