Dubnium was discovered by both a team at the Russian Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and by a team at the American Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. On creating the element, the two teams gave it different names: ‘neilsbohrium’ by the Russians and ‘hahnium’ by the Americans. Eventually, it was decided that the element should it should be called Dubnium, after the town of Dubna in Russia.
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