Where in the human body are you most likely to find a mineral named after a multidisciplinarian who served as Master of Trinity College for 25 years?
#96606. Asked by gentlegiant17. (Jun 13 08 8:44 AM)
Kidney stones :-)|
William Whewell (May 24, 1794 – March 6, 1866) was an English polymath, scientist, Anglican priest, philosopher, theologian, and historian of science. Master of Trinity College 1841 - 1866
Whewellite is a mineral, hydrated calcium oxalate, formula CaC2O4·H2O. Because of its organic content it is thought to have an indirect biological origin and this is supported by it being found in coal and sedimentary nodules. However, it has also been found in hydrothermal deposits where a biological source appears improbable. For this reason it can be classed as true mineral.
Whewellite, or at least crystalline calcium oxalate does also arise from natural sources. Small crystals or flakes are sometimes found on the surfaces of some cacti. Also some particularly unpleasant kidney stones are deposited as calcium oxalate.
Whewellite was named after William Whewell (1794-1866)
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