This element was discovered, in 1981, at the GSI (Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung Institut), Darmstadt, Germany, by Peter Armbruster, Gottfried Münzenber and their co-workers.

In spite of scientists from ex-USSR had reported the production of an isotope of bohrium in 1976, their work was only confirmed by German workers, in 1981.

It was named Bohrium (Bh) in honor of the Danish physicist Niels Bohr, whose research contributed significantly to the modern understanding of the atom.

See also: Properties: Isotopes