hi sirius. Carbon forms the basis of all living things on this planet. It’s an essential part of proteins, DNA and all the other big molecules that our cells need to live. But that’s not all it does. In other forms, you get the graphite in your pencil, and things called “Buckyballs”, which are like tiny little footballs made of carbon atoms that can be joined together into little tubes, which are very thin and very strong.
A couple spring to mind; Carbon is really interesting (for organic chemistry and fatty acids!) and Nitrogen for protein…!
At uni I sit next to a girl called Jo who is Polish; she pointed out something really interesting the other day; that a lot of ppl think that Marie Curie (2 Nobel-prize winning physicist/chemist and discoverer of Polonium & Radium…) is French; but of course she was Polish and named the element Polonium after her home country