About the Element
A soft silvery metallic poor metal, gallium is a brittle solid at low temperatures but liquefies slightly above room temperature and will melt in the hand. Elemental gallium is not found in nature, but it is easily obtained by smelting. Its main applications are in semiconductors and LEDs.

Gallium (Latin Gallia meaning Gaul (modern France); also gallus meaning rooster) was discovered by Lecoq de Boisbaudran in 1875. He named the element "gallia" after his native land of France. It was later claimed that, in one of those multilingual puns so beloved of men of science of the early 19th century, he also named it after himself. as "Lecoq' = the rooster, and Latin for rooster is gallus; however, he denied this in an 1877 article.

About the Print
This is a relief print. The plate was carved from Safety Kut, and printed by hand with Daniel Smith water-based Pthalo Blue on Lama Li Bright lokta paper from Nepal.

About the Printmaker

by Annie Fitt

Symbol: Gallium
Atomic number: 31
Atomic weight: 69.723