Science Birthdays, December 23

Today is the birthday of Axel Cronstedt, born in 1722, he is considered one of the founders of modern mineralogy, he discovered nickel in 1751, and the same year he discovered the mineral scheelite.  He named the mineral tungsten, from which the element tungsten was later extracted. He also coined the term zeolite after heating the mineral stilbite with a blowpipe flame.

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