How when and who discovered titanium?
We have a fresh shipment of Titanium on order for May 1, 2004
Titanium was first discovered by William Gregor in 1791, an amateur scientist who discovered a reddish brown calx he could not identify. In 1795, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, an Austrian chemist, identified titanium as a new element, number 22 on the periodic chart and named it Titanium after the Greek Gods known as Titans. The Titans were strong and giant deities in Greek mythology and is the root of many words, such as titanic, words associated with great size and strength. Titanium is a naturally occurring element found in the minerals rutile, sphene, ilmenite, and in titanates and many iron ores; titanium is the ninth most abundant element found in the crust of the earth. Titanium is also found in meteorites, in the sun, and in rocks obtained from the moon. Titanium, when pure, is a bright, lustrous white metal. The extraction of titanium from the ores in which it is found is a slow and very costly process, making titanium quite expensive.
England discovered titanium. In 1791, amateur geologist and pastor William Gregor of Cornwall, England recognized the presence of a new element in ilmenite when he noticed the sand was attracted by a magnet. Analysis of the sand determined the presence of two metal oxides; iron oxide (explaining the attraction to the magnet) and 45.25% of a white metallic oxide he could not identify, which was titanium!