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Richard Chenevix (chemist)

Name  Richard Chenevix
Role  Chemist

Died  April 5, 1830
Awards  Copley Medal
Richard Chenevix (chemist)
Books  Analysis of Corundum and of Some of the Substances which Accompany it: With Observations on the Affinities which the Earths Have Been Supposed to Have for Each Other, in the Humid Way

Richard Chenevix FRS FRSE (ca. 1774 – 5 April 1830) was an Irish 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 was born around 1774 in Dublin, the son of Colonel Chevenix.

Chenevix was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1801 and was awarded its Copley Medal in 1803. In 1803 he was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He resided in Paris from 1808. He married the Contesse de Rouault on 4 June 1812 at Marylebone Church.

Richard Chenevix died in Paris in 1830 and was buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery.

The mineral Chenevixite was named in his honor because of his earlier work analyzing copper ferrate arsenates.


Richard Chenevix (chemist) Wikipedia

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