Zirconium (Zr) is the 40th element listed on the periodic table. The name derives from the Arabic zargun for “gold-like”. <ref>http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/content/origindc.pdf </ref>
It was discovered in zirconia by the German chemist Martin-Heinrich Klaproth in 1789. Zirconium was first isolated by the Swedish chemist Jöns Jacob Berzelius in 1824 in an impure state and finally by the chemists D. Lely Jr. and L. Hamburger in a pure state in 1914. <ref>http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/content/origindc.pdf</ref>
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