Richard Chenevix (chemist)
Chenevix 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 opinion that it was a combination of mercury and platinum. This claim had, indirectly, the effect of spurring on others to examine the new metal, which is indeed an element.
He resided in Paris from 1808. He married the Contesse de Rouault on 4 June 1812 at Marylebone Church.
The mineral Chenevixite was named in his honor because of his earlier work analyzing copper ferrate arsenates.
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