On This Day In Chemistry

December 23rd

Swedish chemist Axel Fredrik Cronstedt was born on this day in 1722

He discovered the element nickel (Ni) in 1751, describing the metal as “kupfernickel” – the Devil's copper (Cu). He is one of the founders of modern mineralogy and developed a procedure involving the use of blowpipes for analysing the composition of minerals.
 

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