List of minerals named after people

List of minerals named after people

This is a list of minerals named after people. The chemical composition follows name when available.

:"For other lists of eponyms (names derived from people) see Lists of etymologies.":"For a list of eponyms sorted by name see List of eponyms.

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*Abswurmbachite ((Cu,Mn2+)Mn3+6O8SiO4) – German mineralogist Irmgard Abs-Wurmbach
*Adamite Zn2AsO4OH – French mineralogist Gilbert Joseph Adam (1795-1881)
*Aheylite ((Fe2+,Zn)Al6 [(OH)4|(PO4)2] 2·4H2O) – American geologist Allen V. Heyl
*Alexandrite (variety of Chrysoberyl) – Tsar Alexander II of Russia (1818-1881)
*Alforsite Ba5Cl(PO4)3 – American geologist John T. Alfors (1930 - 2005)
*Ankerite CO3)2 – an Austrian mineralogist Matthias Joseph Anker (1771-1843)
*Arfvedsonite Na3(Fe,Mg)4FeSi8O22(OH)2 – Swedish chemist Johan August Arfwedson (1792-1841)
*Armalcolite (Mg,Fe++)Ti2O5 – American astronauts ARM Neil Armstrong, AL Buzz Aldrin and COL Michael Collins


*Baddeleyite ZrO2 – Joseph Baddeley
*Bainite – American metallurgist Edgar Bain (1891–1971)
*Bertrandite Be4Si2O7(OH)2 – French mineralogist Léon Bertrand
*Bilibinskite Au2Cu2PbTe2+ – Soviet geologist Yuri A. Bilibin (1901-1952)
*Bixbite Be3(AlMn)2Si6O18 – ; American mineralogist Maynard Bixby
*Bixbyite (Fe,Mn)2O3 – American mineralogist Maynard Bixby
*Blödite Na2Mg(SO4)2•4(H2O – German chemist Carl August Blöde (1773-1820)
*Blossite αCu2V2O7 – mineralogist F. Donald Bloss
*Bornite Cu5FeS4 – Austrian Mineralogist Ignaz von Born (1742-1791)
*Bournonite PbCuSbS3 – French aristocrat Count J. L. de Bournon (1756-1825) [W.R. Hamilton, 1974, "The Hamlyn Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils", London, Hamlyn]
*Briartite Cu2(Zn,Fe)GeS4 – Belgian geologist Gaston Briart
*Brookite TiO2 – English mineralogist Henry James Brooke (1771–1857)
*Brucite Mg(OH)2 – American mineralogist Archibald Bruce (1777-1818).


*Canfieldite Ag8SnS6 – American mining engineer Frederick Alexander Canfield (1849-1926)
*Carnallite KMgCl3•6(H2O) – Prussian mining engineer, Rudolph von Carnall (1804-1874)
*Carnotite K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 – French mining engineer and chemist Marie Adolphe Carnot (1839-1920)
*Cernyite Cu2CdSnS4 – Canadian mineralogist Petr Cerny
*Cesbronite Cu6(TeO3)2(OH) 62H20 – French mineralogist Fabian Cesbron
*Cleveite UO2•UO3•PO•ThO2 – Swedish chemist Per Teodor Cleve (1840–1905)
*Clintonite Ca(Mg,Al)3(Al3Si)O10(OH)2 – De Witt Clinton (1769-1828)
*Coesite (form of SiO2)– Loring Coes, Jr.
*Coffinite U(SiO4)1-x(OH)4x – American geologist Reuben Clare Coffin
*Colemanite (Ca2B6O11•5H2O) – mine owner William T. Coleman (1824-1893)
*Cooperite (Pt,Pd,Ni)S – mineralogist R. Cooper
*Cordierite (Mg,Fe)2Al4Si5O18 to (Fe,Mg)2Al4Si5O18 – French geologist P. L. A. Cordier (1777-1861)
*Covellite both Cu2+, S2- and 2Cu+, S22- – Niccola Covelli (1790-1829)
*Crookesite either as Cu7(Tl,Ag)Se4 or (Cu,Tl,Ag)2Se – English chemist and physicist Sir William Crookes (1832-1919)


*Dawsonite NaAlCO3(OH)2 – Canadian geologist Sir John William Dawson (1820–1899)
*Dickite Al2Si2O5(OH)4 – Scottish metallurgical chemist Allan Brugh Dick (1833-1926)
*Domeykite Cu3As – Polish geologist and mineralogist Ignacy Domeyko (1802-1889)
*Donnayite NaCaSr3Y(CO3)6•3H20 – Canadian professors J. D. H. Donnay and G. Donnay
*Dumortierite Al6.5-7BO3(SiO4)3(O,OH)3 – French paleontologist Eugene Dumortier (1803-1873)


*Ferberite FeWO4 – Moritz Rudolph Ferber (1805-1875)
*Ferrierite (Na,K)2Mg(Si,Al)18O36(OH)9H2O – Canadian geologist and mining engineer Walter Frederick Ferrier (1865-1950)
*Fergusonite (Ce,La,Nd)NbO4 – British Politician and mineral collector Robert Ferguson of Raith (1767–1840)
*Forsterite (Mg2SiO4) – German naturalist Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798)
*Franckeite Pb5Sn3Sb2S14 – mining engineers Carl Francke and Ernest Francke
*Freieslebenite AgPbSbS3 – Johann Karl Freiesleben (1774-1846)
*Friedrichite CU5Pb5Bi7S18 – Austrian geologist O. M. Friedrich


*Gadolinite (Ce,La,Nd,Y)2FeBe2Si2O10 – Finnish mineralogist- chemist Johan Gadolin (1760-1852)
*Gahnite ZnAl2O4 – Swedish chemist Johan Gottlieb Gahn (1745-1818)
*Garnierite – Jules Garnier
*Geigerite Mn5(AsO3OH)2(AsO4)2•10H2O – Swiss mineralogist Thomas P. Geiger
*Genkinite (Pt,Pd)4Sb3 – Soviet mineralogist A. D. Genkin
*Gibbsite Al(OH)3 – American collector G. Gibbs (1776-1833)
*Goethite FeOOH – German polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
*Grunerite Fe7Si8O22(OH)2 – Swiss-French chemist Louis Gruner
*Gunningite (Zn,Mn2+)SO4•H2O – Canadian geologist and academic Dr. Henry Cecil Gunning (1901–1991)


*Haggertyite Ba(Fe2+6Ti5Mg)O19 – Stephen E. Haggerty (born 1938)
*Hapkeite Fe2Si – American planetary scientist Bruce Hapke
*Hawleyite – Canadian mineralogist James Edwin Hawley (1897 - 1965)
*Heulandite (Ca,Na)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36·12H2O – English mineral collector Henry Heuland (1778-1856)
*Hübnerite MnWO4 – German mineralologist Adolf Huebner
*Hutchinsonite (Tl,Pb)2As5S9 – Cambridge mineralogist Arthur Hutchinson (1866-1937)


*Jimthompsonite (Mg,Fe)5Si6O16(OH)2 – American mineralogist James B. Thompson Jr.


*Kieserite (MgSO4•H2O) – Dietrich Georg von Kieser
*Kleberite FeTi6013•4H20 – German professor Will Kleber (1906-1970)
*Kobellite (Pb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69) – German mineralogist Wolfgang Franz von Kobell (1803-1882)
*Kogarkoite Na3(SO4)F – Russian scientist Lia Nikolaevna Kogarko
*Kolbeckite ScPO4·2H2O – German mineralogist Friedrich LW Kolbeck
*Krennerite AuTe2 varying to (Au0.8,Ag0.2)Te2 – Hungarian mineralogist Joseph Krenner (1839-1920)
*Kukharenkoite-(Ce) Ba3CeF(CO3)3 – Russian mineralogist Alexander A. Kukharenko (1914-1993)


*Larimar – Larissa Méndez
*Lonsdaleite – British crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971)
*Lorandite TlAsS2 – Hungarian physicist Loránd Eötvös (1848-1919)


*Maricite NaFePO4 – Yugoslavian mineralogist Luba Maric
*McKelveyite Ba3NaCa0.75U0.25Y(CO3)6•3(H2O) – American geologist Vincent E. McKelvey (1916-1985)
*Millerite NiS – British mineralogist William Hallowes Miller (1801-1880)
*Moissanite SiC (naturally occurring) – discoverer Dr. Henri Moissan)
*Morganite – American financier J. P. Morgan (1837-1913)
*Murdochite – American mineralogist Joseph Murdock (1890-1973)


*Partheite Ca2Al4Si4O15(OH)2·4(H2O) – Swiss crystallographer Erwin Pathé (1928-2006)
*Penikisite – Canadian explorer Gunar Penikis
*Perovskite CaTiO3 – Russian mineralogist, L. A. Perovski (1792-1856)
*Petzite Ag3AuTe2 W. Petz
*Pezzottaite Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18 Italian geologist and mineralogist Federico Pezzotta
*Phillipsite (Ca,Na2,K2)3Al6Si10O32·12H2O. or KCaAl3Si5O16·6H2O – English mineralogist and geologist William Phillips (1775-1828)
*Prehnite Ca2Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)2 – Dutch governor Colonel Hendrik Von Prehn
*Proustite Ag3AsS3 Chemist J. L. Proust


*Rambergite MnS – mineralogist Hans Ramberg
*Riebeckite Na2(Fe,Mg)5Si8O22(OH)2 – German explorer Emil Riebeck (1853-1885)

*Samarskite Y0.2REE0.3Fe3+0.3U0.2Nb0.8Ta0.2O4 – Russian official Colonel Vasili Samarsky-Bykhovets (1803-1870)
*Sanbornite BaSi2O5 – American mineralogist Frank B. Sanborn (1862-1936)
*Satterlyite – Canadian geologist Jack Satterly
*Schreibersite (Fe,Ni)3P – Austrian naturalist Carl Franz Anton Ritter von Schreibers (1775-1852)
*Sekaninaite ((Fe+2,Mg)2Al4Si5O18) – Czech mineralogist Josef Sekanina
*Sillimanite Al2SiO5 – American chemist Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864)
*Smithsonite ZnCO3 – British chemist and mineralogist, James Smithson (1754-1829)
*Sodalite (informally named "Princess Blue") – Princess Patricia of Connaught (1886-1974)
*Sperrylite PtAs2 – American chemist Francis Louis Sperry
*Steacyite KvariableCa.Na.Th.U.Si8O20 – Canadian mineralogist Harold Robert Steacy (b. 1923)
*Stephanite Ag5SbS4 – Archduke Stephan of Austria
*Stichtite Mg6Cr2CO3(OH)16.4H2O – Australian mine manager Robert Stich
*Stilleite ZnSe – German geologist Hans Stille (1876-1966)
*Stolzite PbWO4 – Czechoslovakian Joseph Alexi Stolz
*Stromeyerite (copper-silver sulphide) – German chemist, Friedrich Stromeyer (1776 - 1835)
*Sugilite KNa2(Fe,Mn,Al)2Li3Si12O30 – Japanese petrologist Ken-ichi Sugi (1901-1948)
*Sylvite KCl – Dutch chemist François Sylvius de le Boe (1614-1672)


*Teallite PbSnS2 – British geologist Jethro Justinian Harris Teall (1849-1924)
*Tennantite Cu12As4S13 – English chemist Smithson Tennant (1761-1815)
*Tenorite CuO – Italian botanist Michele Tenore (1780-1861)
*Thomasclarkite Na0.8Ce0.2Y0.5REE0.7(HCO3)(OH)3•4(H2O) – Canadian geologist Thomas Clark (1893-1996)
*Thortveitite (Sc,Y)2Si2O7 – Norwegian engineer Olaus Thortveit
*Tiemannite HgSe – CW Tiemann (1848-1899)
*Torbernite copper(uraniumoxygen2)2 (phosphorusoxygen4)2hydrate|8-12 – Swedish chemist Tornbern Bergmann (1735-1784)


*Ulexite (NaCaB5O9•8H2O) – German chemist G. L. Ulex
*Ullmannite NiSbS – German chemist and mineralogist Johann Christoph Ullmann (1771-1821)
*Uvarovite Ca3Cr2(SiO4)3 – Russian Count Sergei Semenovitch Uvarov (1765-1855)


*Valentinite Sb2O3 – German alchemist Basilius Valentinus (c. 15th-century)
*Vaterite CaCO3 – German mineralogist Heinrich Vater
*Vivianite Fe3(PO4)2·8(H2O) – English mineralogist J.G. Vivian


*Wardite NaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4•2(H2O) – American naturalist Henry Augustus Ward (1834-1906)
*Weloganite Na2(Sr,Ca)3Zr(CO3)6·3H2O – Canadian geologist Sir William Edmond Logan (1798-1875)
*Whewellite CaC2O4·H2O; English mineralogist William Whewell (1794-1866)
*Whitlockite Ca3(PO4)2 – American mineralogist Herbert Percy Whitlock (1868-1948)
*Willemite Zn2SiO4 – King William I of the Netherlands (1772-1843)
*Witherite BaCO3 – English physician and naturalist William Withering (1741-1799)
*Wollastonite CaSiO3 – English chemist and mineralogist William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828)
*Wulfenite PbMoO4 – Austrian mineralogist Franz Xavier von Wulfen (1728-1805)


*Zaccagnaite Zn4Al2CO3(OH)12.3H2O – Italian mineral collector Domenico Zaccagna
*Zaherite Al12(OH)26(SO4)5.20H2O – Bangladeshi geologist Mohamed Abduz Zaher
*Zajacite Na(REExCa1-x)(REEyCa1-y)F6 – Explorer Dr. I. S. Zajac
*Zakharovite Na4Mn5Si10O20(OH)6.6H2O – Director of the Moscow Institute of Geological Exploration EE Zakharov
*Zanazziite Ca2(MgFe)(MgFeMnAl)4Be(OH)4(PO4)6.6H2O – Italian Professor PF Zanazzi
*Zaratite Ni3CO3(OH)4·4H2O – Spanish diplomat and dramatist Antonio Gil y Zárate (1793-1861)
*Zhanghengite – ancient Chinese astronomer Zhang Heng (78-139)
*Zhemchuzhnikovite NaMg(FeAl)C2O4.8H2O – Russian clay mineralogist Yury Zhemchuzhnikov
*Ziesite βCu2V2O7 – mineralogist Emmanuel G. Zies
*Zoisite Ca2(Al.OH)Al2(SiO4)3 – Slovene scientist Baron Sigmund Zois von Edelstein (aka Žiga Zois) (1747-1819)

ee also

* Geology
* Mineralogy
* Mineraloid
* Nonmineral
* List of chemical element name etymologies
* Lists of etymologies
* List of minerals (complete)
* List of minerals Short list emphasizing those with Wikipedia articles.
* Lists of people
* List of rock types
* Rock



* [ The Mineral Database]
* [ Minerals Named After People and Places]
* [ American Mineraligist- New Mineral Names 1979]

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