William Gregor Biography

William Gregor:

William Gregor was an English chemist.


December 25, 1761 in Trewarthenick, Cornwall, England


June 11, 1817 in Creed, Cornwall, England

Claim to Fame:

Gregor was a British mineralogist and clergyman who discovered the element titanium. He named his discovery manaccanite after the Manaccan valley where he found it. A few years later, Martin Klaproth thought he discovered a new element in the mineral rutile and named it titanium.

Gregor was ultimately given credit for the discovery, but the name titanium remained.

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