Posts by Alexander Senning

Alexander Senning was born in 1936 in Riga, Latvia in an ethnic German family. Alexander Senning studied chemistry at the University of Munich, Germany and the University of Uppsala, Sweden. In 1962, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark. In 1993, he accepted a professorship at the Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark from which he retired in 2003.

Alexander Senning has published numerous research articles in the areas of organic sulfur chemistry and medicinal chemistry, where he also holds a number of patents. Parallel with his research activities, he has edited books and scientific journals and also played a major role in the nomenclature work of the Danish Chemical Society, including several issues of the book Kemisk Ordbog and its successor, the website Dansk Kemisk Nomenklatur. Alexander Senning is the author of Elsevier’s Dictionary of Chemoetymology.

Science & Technology

Some element names are more Babelian than others, but which ones?

The year 2019 has been assigned by UNESCO as the Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements. This, and the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table, can finally be celebrated in the company of no less than 118 elements, all earlier vacancies in the system having been filled. Some reflections on the naming of elements are certainly in order.

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