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Administratium is a well-known joke in scientific circles, and is a spoof both on the bureaucracy of scientific establishments and on descriptions of newly discovered chemical elements.

In 1991, Thomas Kyle (the supposed discoverer of this element) was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for physics, making him one of only three fictional people to have won the award.[1]

The Spoof[2] was written by William DeBuvitz in 1988 and first appeared in print in The Physics Teacher (January 1989 issue). It spread rapidly among university campuses and research centers, and many versions surfaced, often customized to the contributor's situation.

A similar joke concerns Administrontium which was referenced in print in 1993.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Alice Gilchrist. "Ig Nobel Prizes Debut". Retrieved 2007-02-01.  
  2. ^
  3. ^ Ellin Beltz. "Administratium/Administrontium?". Retrieved 2007-02-01.  


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