By Jeff Cornell for Radio.com
According to the Change.org petition, started by U.K. Motorhead fan John Wright, scientists recently discovered four new elements that have been added to the periodic table of elements. The petition asks that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) name one of them “Lemmium,” after the late-bassist and singer.
Wright states, “Heavy rock lost its most iconic figure over Christmas with the sudden and unexpected death of Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister. 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. An astrological object (a star) has been named Lemmy to meet the IUPAC naming recommendations.”
The IUPAC has rules when it comes to naming elements. They are named after “a mythological concept, a mineral, a place or country, a property or a scientist.” In the statement above, Wright explains that Lemmy has a star named after him and therefore meets the qualifications to have a true heavy metal as a namesake.
As of press time, the petition has over 54,000 signatures and the numbers are rapidly rising.
Lemmy Kilmister passed away on Dec.28 after a short battle with brain and neck cancer. He was 70.
The memorial service for Lemmy will be held this Saturday (Jan. 9) at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Hollywood at 3pm PST. Fans can watch the service a live stream here.