Titanium: historical information

  • Discoveror: William Gregor
  • Place of discovery: England
  • Date of discovery: 1791
  • Origin of name : named after the "Titans", (the sons of the Earth goddess in Greek mythology).

Titanium was discovered by the Reverend William Gregor in 1791, who was interested in minerals. He recognized the presence of a new element, now known as titanium, in menachanite, a mineral named after Menaccan in Cornwall (England). Several years later, the element was rediscovered in the ore rutile by a German chemist, Klaproth.

The pure elemental metal was not made until 1910 by Matthew A. Hunter, who heated TiCl4 together with sodium in a steel bomb at 700-800°C.

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