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Nottingham element: Ned Ludd

Ned Ludd, possibly born Edward Ludlam, is the person from whom, it is popularly claimed, the Luddites took their name.

In 1779, Ludd is supposed to have broken two stocking frames in a fit of rage. After this incident, attacks on the frames were jokingly blamed on Ludd.

The Luddite movement began in Nottingham and culminated in a region-wide rebellion that lasted from 1811 to 1816. The group were a secret oath-based organization of textile workers protesting against the use of machinery in a "fraudulent and deceitful manner" to get around standard labour practices. Mill and factory owners took to shooting protesters and eventually the movement was suppressed with legal and military force.

Ned's name developed into the imaginary General Ludd or King Ludd, who was reputed to live in Sherwood Forest like Robin Hood.

Scientific element: Lutetium

Lutetium is a silvery-white metal that is very difficult to isolate in a pure state.

Three separate scientists discovered lutetium in 1907, independent of each other.

Charles James, Georges Urbain, and Carl Auer von Welsbach each extracted lutetium from a sample of the mineral ytterbia.

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