If the petition is a success then Ununoctium 118 will be renamed “Lemmium”.
A fan of the band has launched a petition to rename the “super-heavy” radioactive element Ununoctium 118 “Lemmium.” It’s one of four freshly identified elements added to the periodic table earlier this week.
The petition was launched by York-based Motörhead enthusiast John Wright, and has amassed almost 18,000 signatures.
“Heavy rock lost its most iconic figure over Christmas with the sudden and unexpected death of Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister,” Wright says. “Lemmy was a force of nature and the very essence of heavy metal.
“We believe it is fitting that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) recommend that one of the four new discovered heavy metals in the periodic table is named Lemmium.”