Mandela name celebrated from streets to nuclear particle
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - He has had streets, parks, a landfill and even a non-existent sub-atomic particle named after him: rarely has a man been so honoured during his lifetime as Nelson Mandela.
Long before Mandela's death brought a global outpouring of tributes to the man who led South Africa out of apartheid, his name had been memorialised on places, projects and discoveries ranging from the profound to the quirky.
Whether on flowers, a prehistoric bird, a slum or his own UN-endorsed day, from South Africa to Europe to the Americas and beyond, Mandela's name is ubiquitous.
In July 2012, French and German biologists who had discovered the fossil of a prehistoric woodpecker - the oldest ever found on the African continent - baptised it Australopicus nelsonmandelai.