Charles James (chemist)

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Charles James
Born (1880-04-27)April 27, 1880
Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, England
Died December 10, 1928(1928-12-10) (aged 48)
Known for discovery of Lutetium

Charles James (27 April 1880 – 10 December 1928) was a chemist of British origin working in the United States. After studying under William Ramsay at University College London,[1] he joined the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (now the University of New Hampshire). He became a professor and head of the chemistry department,[2] separating and identifying rare-earth elements by fractional precipitation and crystallization. He isolated element 71, later named lutetium.

In 1999 the American Chemical Society recognized Charles James's work in chemical separations as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Separation of Rare Earth Elements by Charles James". National Historic Chemical Landmarks. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  2. ^ "UNH Magazine: UNH Magazine - The Life and Work of Charles James". Retrieved 2012-01-09.