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On This Day – November 30 : English chemist Smithson Tennant was born on this day in 1761

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He discovered iridium (Ir) and osmium (Os), the latter named for the unpleasant odour of some of its compounds (from the Greek word ‘osme’ meaning odour). He also proved that diamonds are pure carbon.

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