Charles Hatchett FRS (1765-1847), chemist and discoverer of niobium

  title={Charles Hatchett FRS (1765-1847), chemist and discoverer of niobium},
  author={W. Griffith and P. Morris},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={299 - 316}
Charles Hatchett, the discoverer of the element now called niobium, was the son of a famous coachbuilder, and delivered in person one of his father's coaches to Catherine the Great. It was partly this journey to St Petersburg that stimulated his lifelong interest in chemistry and mineralogy. Using an American mineral in the Hans Sloane collection of the British Museum dating back to 1753 he showed that it contained a new element, which he called columbium. The original specimen on which he… Expand

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