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Nottingham element: Betty Higgins

Betty Higgins, a former schoolteacher, was the first woman to lead Nottingham City Council.

She led the authority between 1983 and 1989 with a brief break when the Conservatives took control in May 1987 for 18 months.

Mrs Higgins’s biggest achievement was to agree to the demolition of hundreds of system-built flats such as Balloon Wood, Hyson Green, Basford, Caunton Avenue and Denman Garden, all constructed in the 1960s and early 1970s.

A major achievement was setting in motion the visionary plans for a tram network, with the first line completed nearly 15 years after she stepped down as leader.

As the first and only woman leader of the council, she was recognised as one of the top 100 Women of Substance in Nottingham.

Scientific element: Bohrium

Bohrium is one of the later discoveries, as it was not fully discovered until 1987.

A German research team at that time isolated it under the direction of Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Munzenberg in Darmstadt.

The element was named after Danish nuclear physicist Niels Bohr, and was originally given the longer name nielsbohrium.

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