According to the Liverpool Echo, a Liverpool professor has backed a campaign to rename a “super-heavy” periodic element in memory of MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister.
A petition is calling for one of four newly-discovered elements to be named “Lemmium” in tribute to recently deceased MOTÖRHEAD frontman.
More than 80,000 people have backed the campaign since it started three days ago.
Ken Durose, professor of physics at the University of Liverpool and die-hard MOTÖRHEAD fan, is among those to sign the petition.
Professor Durose said: “When I put on my MOTÖRHEAD t-shirt this morning and came to work, I hadn’t heard of the campaign to call one of the new elements ‘Lemmium’.
“The whole idea that you name a new heavy metal after Lemmy – he basically invented heavy metal but he always called himself rock ‘n’ roll – so I think it’s a terrific idea.
“Everyone’s really amused by it in the Department of Physics at Liverpool University.
“The problem is that elements have to be named after either their properties, a myth, a mineral, a place or a scientist.
“Unfortunately Lemmy wasn’t any of these, but if they broaden the criteria to include rock ‘n’ roll legends he’s in with a chance!”
The petition, launched by John Wright, from York, reads: “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 recommend that one of the four new discovered heavy metals in the periodic table is named Lemmium.”
You can sign petition at this location.
— Liverpool Echo (@LivEchonews) January 6, 2016