Metals and different elements from the periodic table can all seem magical. Dysprosium seems magical because of its unique properties and applications in various industries. Dysprosium is a rare earth element that belongs to the lanthanide series. It was discovered in 1886 by French chemist Paul Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran. Dysprosium gets its name from the Greek word “dysprositos,” which means hard to obtain. Learn More.