List of minerals named after people

This is a list of minerals named after famous or notable 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.

Sorted by name:




  • Cabriite: Pd2SnCu Canadian mineralogist Louis J. Cabri (born 1934)
  • Cámaraite: sorosilicate Fernando Cámara (born 1967), mineralogist of Melilla, Spain
  • Canfieldite: Ag8SnS6 American mining engineer Frederick Alexander Canfield (1849–1926)
  • Cannonite: Bi2(OH)2SO4 American mineralogist and electron microprobe analyst Benjamin Bartlett (Bart) Cannon
  • Carlfriesite: CaTe4+2Te6+O8 American researcher at the Institute of Geology of the National university of Mexico Carl Fries, Jr.
  • Carlhintzeite: Ca2AlF7  H2O German mineralogist Carl Hintze (18511916), University of Breslau
  • Carlosruizite: K6(Na,K)4Na6Mg10(SeO4)12(IO3)12  12H2O Chilean geologist Carlos Ruiz Fuller (19161997), founder of the Chilean Geological Survey
  • Carnallite: KMgCl3  6H2O Prussian mining engineer, Rudolf von Carnall (1804–1874)
  • Carnotite: K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 French mining engineer and chemist Marie Adolphe Carnot (1839–1920)
  • Cassidyite: Ca2Ni0.75Mg0.25(PO4)2  2H2O American geologist William A. Cassidy[3]
  • Castaingite (discredited 1967: a mixture of cuprian molybdenite and gerhardtite)
  • Caswellsilverite: NaCrS2 American geologist, entrepreneur, and oilman Caswell Silver (19161988)
  • Cattiite: Mg3(PO4)2•22H2O Michele Catti (b. 1945), Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Celsian: BaAl2Si2O8 Swedish astronomer and naturalist Anders Celsius (1701–1744)
  • Cernyite: Cu2CdSnS4 Canadian mineralogist Petr Cerny
  • Cesbronite: Cu6(TeO3)2(OH)6  2H2O French mineralogist Fabian Cesbron
  • Chrisstanleyite: Ag2Pd3Se4 British mineralogist Christopher John Stanley
  • Cleveite (uraninite var.): UO2 • UO3 • PO • ThO2 Swedish chemist Per Teodor Cleve (1840–1905)
  • Clintonite: Ca(Mg,Al)3(Al3Si)O10(OH)2 American statesman De Witt Clinton (1769–1828)
  • Coesite (form of SiO2): American chemist Loring Coes, Jr. (19151978)
  • Coffinite: U(SiO4)1−x(OH)4x American geologist Reuben Clare Coffin
  • Cohenite: (Fe,Ni,Co)
    German mineralogist and petrographer Emil Cohen (1842–1905)
  • Colemanite: Ca2B6O11  5H2O mine owner William T. Coleman (1824–1893)
  • Collinsite: Ca2Mg(PO4)2  2H2O William Henry Collins (1878–1937), director of the Geological Survey of Canada
  • Cooperite: (Pt,Pd,Ni)S South African metallurgist Richard A. Cooper (1890–1972)
  • Cordierite: (Mg,Fe)2Al4Si5O18 to (Fe,Mg)2Al4Si5O18 French geologist Pierre Louis A. Cordier (1777–1861)
  • Covellite: CuS Italian mineralogist Niccolo Covelli (1790–1829)
  • Criddleite (2.LA.25)
  • Cronstedtite: (Fe2+,Fe3+)3(Si,Fe3+)2O5(OH)4 Swedish mineralogist Axel Fredrik Cronstedt (17221765)
  • Crookesite: Cu7(Tl,Ag)Se4 English chemist and physicist Sir William Crookes (1832–1919)



  • Erikapohlite (IMA2010-090) German collector of minerals Erika Pohl-Ströher (1919–2016)
  • Ernienickelite: NiMn3O7·3H2O Canadian-Australian mineralogist Ernest (Ernie) H. Nickel (1925–2009)
  • Ernstburkeite: Mg(CH3SO3)2·12H2O mineralogist Ernst A. J. Burke, former Head of the CNMNC (IMA)
  • Eskolaite: Cr2O3 Finnish geologist Pentti Eelis Eskola (1883–1964)



  • Gadolinite: (Ce,La,Nd,Y)2FeBe2Si2O10 Finnish mineralogist and chemist Johan Gadolin (1760–1852)
  • Gagarinite series: Na(REExCa(1-x))(REEyCa(1-y))F6 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934–1968)
  • Gahnite: ZnAl2O4 Swedish chemist Johan Gottlieb Gahn (1745–1818)
  • Gatehouseite: Mn2+5(PO4)2(OH)4 crystal chemist Bryan M. K. C. Gatehouse (born 1932), Monash University, Melbourne
  • Genkinite: (Pt,Pd)4Sb3 Soviet mineralogist A. D. Genkin
  • Georgerobinsonite: Pb4(CrO4)2(OH)2FCl George Willard Robinson
  • Gibbsite: Al(OH)3 American mineralogist George Gibbs (1777–1834)
  • Uintaite (syn. gilsonite™, asphalt) American Samuel H. Gilson
  • Ferri-ghoseite: ☐[Mn2+
    Subrata Ghose (born 1932), emeritus professor at the University of Washington, Seattle
  • Goethite: FeOOH German polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
  • Julgoldite: sorosilicate American mineralogist and geochemist Julian Royce Goldsmith (1918–1999)
  • Gormanite: Fe2+3Al4(PO4)4(OH)6  2H2O mineralogist Donald Herbert Gorman, University of Toronto
  • Grossite: CaAl4O7 Israeli mineralogist and geologist Shulamit Gross (1923-2012)
  • Grothite (titanite var., 9.AG.15)
  • Grunerite: Fe7Si8O22(OH)2 Swiss-French chemist Louis Gruner
  • Gunterite: Na4(H2O)16(H2V10O28)  6H2O American mineralogist Mickey Gunter
  • Gunningite: (Zn,Mn2+)SO4•H2O Canadian geologist and academic Henry C. Gunning (1901–1991)



  • Jarosewichite: Mn2+
    American chemist Eugene Jarosewich
  • Jeanbandyite (4.FC.15)
  • Jimthompsonite: (Mg,Fe)5Si6O16(OH)2 American mineralogist James Burleigh Thompson, Jr.
  • Johnbaumite: (Ca)5(AsO4)3(OH) American geologist and mineralogist John L. Baum
  • Junitoite: CaZn2Si2O7·H2O Jun Ito (1926–1978), mineralogist and crystallographer, University of Chicago


  • Karenwebberite: Na(Fe2+,Mn2+)PO4 American geologist Karen L. Webber
  • Kassite: CaTi2O4(OH)2 Russian geologist Nikolai Grigorievich Kassin (1885–1949)
  • Kampfite: Ba12(Si11Al5)O31(CO3)8Cl5Anthony Robert Kampf (born 1948)
  • Khomyakovite: Na12Ca6Sr3Fe3WZr3(Si25O73)(O,OH,H2O)3(Cl,OH)2 Russian mineralogist Alexander Khomyakov (1933–2012)
  • Kieserite: MgSO4  H2O Dietrich Georg von Kieser (1779–1862), former President, Jena Academy
    • And cobaltkieserite
  • Kleberite: FeTi6O13  4H2O German professor Will Kleber (1906–1970)
  • Kobellite: Pb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69 German mineralogist Wolfgang Franz von Kobell (1803–1882)
  • Kochsandorite: CaAl2(CO3)2(OH)4H2O Hungarian mineralogist Sándor Koch (1896–1983)
  • Kogarkoite: Na3(SO4)F Russian scientist Lia Nikolaevna Kogarko
  • Kolbeckite: ScPO4  2H2O German mineralogist Friedrich L. W. Kolbeck
  • Kosnarite: Zr2(PO4)3 after Richard Andrew "Rich" Kosnar (1946-2007), American mineral collector
  • Kostovite: AuCuTe4 Bulgarian mineralogist Ivan Kostov (1913–2004)
  • Krennerite: AuTe2 varying to (Au0.8,Ag0.2)Te2 Hungarian mineralogist Joseph Krenner (1839–1920)
  • Krotite: CaAl2O4 Russian-American cosmochemist Alexander N. Krot
  • Krut'aite: CuSe2 Czech mineralogist Tomas Krut'a (1906-1998)
  • Kukharenkoite-(Ce): Ba3CeF(CO3)3 Russian mineralogist Alexander A. Kukharenko (1914–1993)
  • Kurnakovite: MgB3O3(OH)5  5H2O Russian mineralogist and chemist Nikolai Semenovich Kurnakov (1860–1941)
  • Kunzite (variety of spodumene): American mineralogist George Frederick Kunz (1856–1932)


  • Lacroixite: NaAl(PO4)F French mineralogist Antoine François Alfred Lacroix (1863–1948)
  • Laueite (8.DC.30)
  • Lavinskyite: K(Li,Cu,Mg,Na)2Cu6(Si4O11)2(OH)4 photograph of minerals Robert Lavinsky (Commons:Robert Lavinsky)
  • Lavoisierite: Mn2+8[Al10(Mn3+Mg)][Si11P]O44(OH)12 French chemist Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (1743–1794)
  • Leakeite root name, sodium amphibole subgroup Scottish geologist Bernard E. Leake (born 1936), University of Glasgow
    • Minerals: ferri-fluoro-leakeite, ferri-leakeite, fluoro-leakeite, potassic-ferri-leakeite, potassic-leakeite, potassic-mangani-leakeite
  • Lemanskiite: NaCaCu5(AsO4)4Cl·5H2O after Chester S. Lemanski, Jr. (b. 1947), American mineral collector
  • Liebauite: Ca3Cu5Si9O26 German Friedrich Liebau (1926–2011), professor of mineralogy, University of Kiel.
  • Lipscombite: (Fe2+,Mn2+)(Fe3+)2(PO4)2(OH) American chemist William Lipscomb (1919–2011)
  • Livingstonite: HgSb4S8 Scottish explorer in Africa David Livingstone (1813–1873)
  • Lonsdaleite: C British crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale (1903–1971)
  • Lorandite: TlAsS2 Hungarian physicist Loránd Eötvös (1848–1919)
  • Lotharmeyerite: CaZn
    German chemist Julius Lothar Meyer (1830–1895)
    • And cobaltlotharmeyerite, ferrilotharmeyerite, manganlotharmeyerite, nickellotharmeyerite
  • Lucabindiite: (K,NH4)As4O6(Cl,Br) Luca Bindi, professor of mineralogy and former head of the Division of Mineralogy of the Natural History Museum of the University of Florence (b. 1971)
  • Lukechangite-(Ce): Na3Ce2(CO3)4F American mineralogist Luke L. Y. Chang (1934–2009)[5]


  • Macdonaldite: BaCa4Si16O36(OH)2  10H2O American volcanologist, Gordon Andrew Macdonald (1911–1978, redirect)
  • Malhmoodite: FeZr(PO4)2 · 4H2O Bertha K. Malhmood, for many years Administrative Assistant of the Branch of Analytical Laboratories, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Mandarinoite: Fe2(SeO3)3·4H2O American-Canadian mineralogist Joseph (Joe) A. Mandarino (1929–2007)
    • And telluromandarinoite
  • Maricite: NaFePO4 Croatian mineralogist Luka Marić (1899–1979), University of Zagreb
  • Machatschkiite (8.CJ.35)
  • Mckelveyite-(Y): Ba3NaCa0.75U0.25Y(CO3)6  3H2O American geologist Vincent E. McKelvey (1916–1985)
  • Meyerhofferite: CaB3O3(OH)5·H2O German chemist, Wilhelm Meyerhoffer (1864–1906)
  • Meyrowitzite: Ca(UO2)(CO3)2·5H2O after Robert Meyrowitz (1916-2013), an American analytical chemist
  • Mendeleevite-(Ce): Cs6(Ce22Ca6)(Si70O175)(OH,F)14(H2O)21 Russian chemist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev (1834–1907)
  • Menzerite-(Y) (IMA2009-050)
  • Millerite: NiS British mineralogist William Hallowes Miller (1801–1880)
  • Moëloite (2.HC.25)
  • Mohsite (crichtonite var., 4.CC.40)
  • Moissanite: SiC (naturally occurring) discoverer Henri Moissan (1852–1907)
  • Morganite (variety of Beryl): American financier J. P. Morgan (1837–1913)
  • Mozartite: CaMn3+SiO4(OH) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
  • Murdochite: PbCu6O8−x(Cl,Br)2x American mineralogist Joseph Murdoch (1890–1973)


  • Nasonite: Pb6Ca4(Si2O7)3Cl2 American mining engineer and author Frank Lewis Nason (1856–1928)
  • Nikischerite: Fe2+6Al3(OH)18[Na(H2O)6][SO4]2·6H2O American mineralogist Anthony J. Nikischer (born 1949)


  • Obertiite amphibole root name (9.DE.25)
  • Okenite: CaSi2O5·2H2O German naturalist Lorenz Oken (1779–1851)






  • Ulexite: NaCaB5O9·8H2O German chemist George Ludwig Ulex (1811–1883)
  • Ullmannite: NiSbS German chemist and mineralogist Johann Christoph Ullmann (1771–1821, redirect)
  • Uytenbogaardtite: Ag3AuS2 Dutch mineralogist Willem Uytenbogaardt (1918–2012)
  • Uvarovite: Ca3Cr2(SiO4)3 Russian Count Sergei Semenovitch Uvarov (1765–1855)




  • Yangite: PbMnSi3O8·H2O Hexiong Yang, Mineralogy researcher at the Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona


See also


  1. Handbook of Mineralogy
  2. W.R. Hamilton, 1974, The Hamlyn Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils, London, Hamlyn
  3. "Cassidyite Mineral Data". Mineralogy Database. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. Fuchsite mineral information and data
  5. Grice, Joel D.; George Y. Chao (1997). "Lukechangite-(Ce), a new rare-earth-fluorocarbonate mineral from Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec". American Mineralogist. 1112. 82 (1255–1260).
  6. Van der Straeten, Edgar (1973). "Biographie Belge d'Outre-Mer: Edgar Sengier". Académie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer. VII-A: 429–437.
  7. Webmineral
  8. Handbook of Mineralogy
  9. Mindat
  10. Zippeite Mineral Data


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