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Name Gadolinium
Symbol Gd
Atomic number 64
Atomic mass 157.25 amu
Normal state Solid
Classification Metallic
Crystal structure Hexagonal
Color silvery white
Date of discovery 1880
Name of discoverer Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac
Name origin Named after Finnish minerologist J. Gadolin.
Uses Used in magnets, neutron radiography and is alloyed with iron for magneto-optic recording devices.
Obtained from Chief ores are monazite and bastnasite.