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Where was beryllium discovered?


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August 05, 2009 11:19PM

It was found in emeralds from the mountains of France and California. ------ The first mineral with beryllium was an emerald from Peru, studied by the German chemist Klaproth; similar gems were analyzed by Bindheim and Hauy. In 1798 the French chemist Vauquelin identified in the gems a new metal oxide, initially called glucina. After 30 years Bussy and Wohler, separately, isolated the pure metal by reacting potassium and beryllium chloride.