Richard Chenevix (chemist)
Richard Chenevix FRS (ca. 1774 – 5 April 1830) was an Irish chemist.
Chenevix was a chemist who played a role in the discovery of the elemental nature of the metal palladium. Disbelieving this solid to be an element, in 1803 he published his opinions that it was a combination of mercury and platinum. This had, somewhat indirectly, the effect of spurring on others to examine the new metal, which is indeed an element.
The mineral Chenevixite was named in his honor because of his earlier work analyzing copper ferrate arsenates.
- Chenevixite: Chenevixite mineral information and data, mindat.org, retrieved February 2, 2010.
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- Usselman, Melvyn C. (1978). "The Wollaston/Chenevix Controversy over the Elemental Nature of Palladium: A Curious Episode in the History of Chemistry". Annals of Science 35 (6): 551–579. doi:10.1080/00033797800200431.
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- Chenevix, Richard (1812). Two Plays. London: J. Johnson & Company.
- Chenevix, Richard (1832). An Essay Upon National Character. London: James Duncan.