Mineralogists

Mineralogist is a scientist who specializes in the study of minerals. Mineralogist deals with the scientific study of the distribution, formation, chemistry, physical properties, and structure of minerals. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous mineralogists from all over the world.

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Alexey Stakhanov
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Birthdate: January 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oryol
Died: November 5, 1977

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Vladimir Vernadsky
(Mineralogist)

Vladimir Vernadsky
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Birthdate: March 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 6, 1945

Vladimir Vernadsky was a geochemist and mineralogist who is widely regarded as one of the founders of radiogeology, biogeochemistry, and geochemistry. He is also credited with founding the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Vernadsky is best remembered for his book, The Biosphere, which discusses Eduard Suess' work. He won the prestigious Stalin Prize in 1943.

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Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld
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Birthdate: November 18, 1832
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: August 12, 1901

Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld was a Finland-Swedish geologist, aristocrat, Arctic explorer, and mineralogist. He is best remembered for leading the Vega Expedition of 1878–1880, the first Arctic expedition to steer through the Northeast Passage. The expedition is regarded as one of the greatest achievements in Swedish science history.    

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Victor Moritz Goldschmidt
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Birthdate: January 27, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: March 20, 1947

Victor Moritz Goldschmidt was a Norwegian mineralogist. He is credited with co-founding crystal chemistry and modern geochemistry along with Vladimir Vernadsky. He is also credited with developing the Goldschmidt Classification of elements. The Geochemical Society has established the V. M. Goldschmidt Medal in his honor, which is awarded annually.

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Johan Gadolin
(Former chemist, physicist and mineralogist who discovered a "new earth" containing the first rare-earth compound yttrium)

Johan Gadolin
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Birthdate: June 5, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: August 15, 1852

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James Dwight Dana
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Birthdate: February 12, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Utica, New York, United States
Died: April 14, 1895
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José Bonifácio de Andrada
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Birthdate: June 13, 1763
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santos, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: April 6, 1838

José Bonifácio de Andrada was a Brazilian statesman. He was also a naturalist, mineralist, and professor. He was a significant proponent of Brazilian independence and also spearheaded the abolition project in Brazil. He was of the opinion that a new national capital should be created in Brazil's underdeveloped interior. As a naturalist, he discovered four new minerals. 

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Charles Friedel
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Birthdate: March 12, 1832
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: April 20, 1899

Charles Friedel was a French chemist and mineralogist. He studied under famed chemist and microbiologist  Louis Pasteur at the Sorbonne. He later obtained the post of professor of chemistry and mineralogy at the Sorbonne. He collaborated with James Crafts to develop the Friedel-Crafts alkylation and acylation reactions. His son Georges also became a renowned mineralogist. 

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Georg Brandt
(Chemist)

Georg Brandt
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Birthdate: June 26, 1694
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riddarhyttan, Sweden
Died: April 29, 1768

Georg Brandt was a Swedish mineralogist and chemist best remembered for discovering cobalt. He is also credited with identifying and exposing fraudulent alchemists. Georg Brandt also served as a professor at Uppsala University.

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Axel Fredrik Cronstedt
(Mineralogist and chemist)

Axel Fredrik Cronstedt
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Birthdate: December 23, 1722
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Turinge socken, Sweden
Died: August 19, 1765

Axel Fredrik Cronstedt was a Swedish chemist and mineralogist. He is best remembered for discovering nickel in 1751. Widely regarded as a founder of modern mineralogy, Cronstedt is credited with introducing the blowpipe for mineralogists. In 1753, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt was inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Per Teodor Cleve
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Birthdate: February 10, 1840
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 18, 1905

Per Teodor Cleve was a Swedish biologist, chemist, oceanographer, and mineralogist. He is best remembered for his discovery of holmium and thulium. He is also credited with discovering aminonaphthalenesulfonic acids. Per Teodor Cleve is also remembered for his service as professor of general and agricultural chemistry at Uppsala University. His contributions were honored with the Davy Medal.

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René-Just Haüy
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Birthdate: February 28, 1743
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Just-en-Chaussee, France
Died: June 3, 1822

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Alexandre Brongniart
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Birthdate: February 5, 1770
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 7, 1847

Best known for exploring the geology of the Tertiary Period, Alexandre Brongniart initially taught natural history and then became a professor of mineralogy. He also worked for the development of porcelain enameling in France. His other works include a classification of reptiles and the introduction of geologic dating.

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Charles Thomas Jackson
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Birthdate: June 21, 1805
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 28, 1880
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Charles Hatchett
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Birthdate: January 2, 1765
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: February 10, 1847

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Edward Daniel Clarke
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Birthdate: June 5, 1769
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Willingdon, Sussex, England,
Died: March 9, 1822
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Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton
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Birthdate: May 29, 1716
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montbard, France
Died: January 1, 1800

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Khajidsuren Bolormaa
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Birthdate: January 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Georges Friedel
(Crystallographer)

Georges Friedel
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Birthdate: July 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
Died: December 11, 1933

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Quintino Sella
(Politician)

Quintino Sella
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Birthdate: July 7, 1827
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingdom of Sardinia
Died: March 14, 1884

After studying engineering and mineralogy, Quintino Sella taught math and mineralogy for a while before stepping into politics. He later served as the minister of finance of a newly unified Italy. Sella also convinced King Victor Emmanuel II to make Rome the capital after the French withdrew from the city.

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Johann Gottlob Lehmann
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Birthdate: August 4, 1719
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bad Gottleuba-Berggießhübel, Germany
Died: January 22, 1767

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Jean-Étienne Guettard
(Doctor of medicine)

Jean-Étienne Guettard
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Birthdate: September 22, 1715
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Étampes, France
Died: January 7, 1786
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Waldemar Christofer Brøgger
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Birthdate: November 10, 1851
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: February 17, 1940

Waldemar Christofer Brøgger was a Norwegian geologist and mineralogist best known for his research on Permian igneous rocks of the Oslo district. His contribution helped to greatly advance petrologic theory on the formation of rocks. He studied under Theodor Kjerulf at University of Christiania and pursued an academic career. He later became rector of the senate of University of Christiania.  

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Charles-Victor Mauguin
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Birthdate: September 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Provins, France
Died: April 25, 1958

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Paul Niggli
(Crystallographer)

Paul Niggli
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Birthdate: June 26, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zofingen, Switzerland
Died: January 13, 1953

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Martin Julian Buerger
(Crystallographer)

Martin Julian Buerger
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Birthdate: April 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 26, 1986
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Victor Mordechai Goldschmidt
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Birthdate: February 10, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: May 8, 1933

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R. A. F. Penrose Jr.
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Birthdate: December 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 31, 1931
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Alfred Lacroix
(Mineralogist)

Alfred Lacroix
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Birthdate: February 4, 1863
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mâcon, France
Died: March 12, 1948

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Friedrich Johann Karl Becke
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Birthdate: December 31, 1855
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: June 18, 1931
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Bertram Eugene Warren
(Crystallographer)

Bertram Eugene Warren
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Birthdate: June 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 27, 1991