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Improving Mindat.orgPhoto of whom mineral is named after

25th Jun 2009 00:54 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

New feature added - we can now show a photo of the person for whom the mineral is named after next to the description of the name.

So - now I'm looking for some help.

Do you have photos of people who have had minerals named after them? In particular people from the last 50 years or so of mineralogy?

If you do, please upload it to your gallery, photo type as OTHER and subtype personal photo. Add a description about who it is and where it was taken.

Then you'll have an ID number in your photo in the URL shown at the top, eg


In this case, 184532 is the photo ID.

So please do that, then comment to this thread and say:

"i've uploaded photo id 184532 of Mr XXXXXX to put on the page of XXXXite"

and I'll do the rest!



25th Jun 2009 00:56 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

You can also upload photos/paintings/illustrations of historical figures as well!

I've already done:





Wikipedia is a good source for these. If you're uploading you can copy/paste the URL for the image into the new 'copy from somewhere else on the web' box and upload it without needing to copy to your computer first. If you do this DO NOT FORGET to set the copyright status to PUBLIC DOMAIN for these images. Only use images that are marked on Wikipedia as public domain (ie paintings/illustrations earlier than around 1920)


25th Jun 2009 03:04 BSTHoward Heitner


There is usually a group photograph taken every year at the Rochester Symposium of attendees who have minerals named after them, I don't know where they are archived or the copyright status, but it is worth looking into. The other source of pictures would be the memorial articles in American Mineralogist as well as other mineralogical journals. Back issues of American Mineralogist prior to 2000 are available on line.

Howard Heitner

25th Jun 2009 04:18 BSTNH

I don't have a mindat account, but here are four old, public domain images from wikipedia:
Carl Wilhelm Scheele (scheelite)
Johan Gadolin (gadolinite)
Jacobus Henricus van't Hoff (vanthoffite)
John Wesley Powell (powellite)

Are you only including minerals directly named after people? Columbite, for example, is distantly named after Christopher Columbus.

25th Jun 2009 04:19 BSTRobert Rothenberg

Hi Jolyon,

John Ebner has a substantial collection of micros mounted by the person after whom the mineral was named. He also has a collection of mineral memorabilia. He might be a good resource also.


25th Jun 2009 10:41 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

I saw John Ebner's collection at Rochester this year - very impressive!

There's a list on wikipedia:

I've updated up to Armalcolite for those where there are images on Wikipedia already.


25th Jun 2009 14:32 BSTTony Peterson Expert

Anne Sabina of sabinaite is 5 floors below me. I can take a pic of her today, probably.

I can get a new photo of Gilles Haineault in a few months.

Also Carleton University.


25th Jun 2009 16:46 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

> Also Carleton University.

I should have mentioned earlier that yes, it's fine to have photos of places, not just people! This will be great, thank's Tony


25th Jun 2009 16:57 BSTGerhard Niklasch Expert

The Mineralogical Record has a fairly nice shot of Wilhelm Maucher (Maucherite) and his wife Frieda on the page

which perhaps they might allow to be used?

The shop he founded 100 years ago still exists; they have a (rather dark) photo of a painting on their own site:

I could ask them about it next time I'm there.

25th Jun 2009 17:46 BSTMark Gottlieb

I took a look at the list on Wikipedia. it has "larimar" on it; named after some woman. Is anyone up to fixing it? As most of you know, larimar is a trade name for blue pectolite.

25th Jun 2009 18:08 BSTUwe Kolitsch Manager

"It was not until 1974 when at the foot of the Bahoruco Range, the coastal province of Barahona, a flash of blue in the beach sand caught the attention of Miguel Méndez and Peace Corps volunteer Norman Rilling and they scooped down to rediscover larimar. Natives, who believed the stone came from the sea, called the gem Blue Stone. Miguel promptly took his young daughter's name Larissa and the Spanish word for the sea (mar) and formed Larimar, by the colors of the water of the Caribbean Sea, where it was found."

25th Jun 2009 19:46 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

I've removed it from the page on Wikipedia (As Uwe points out, the etymology is correct but it doesn't belong on a page of minerals named after people)


25th Jun 2009 21:11 BSTAlbert Mura

At the Rochester Symposium a few years back they took a picture of all the people there who had minerals named after them, there were around 20. If you contact Bill Pinch I believe he still has the photo. A number of them have past away since. Al

26th Jun 2009 13:24 BSTSteve Sorrell Expert

Hi Jolyon

I've uploaded photo id 237947 of Prof Pete Williams to put on the page of petewilliamsite.



26th Jun 2009 13:33 BSTSteve Sorrell Expert

Hi Jolyon

I've uploaded photo id 237950 of Dr Bill Birch to put on the page of birchite.



26th Jun 2009 19:48 BSTandy tindle

Hi Jolyon

I've uploaded photo id 237981 of Steve Rust to put on the page of steverustite.

See also the book "Mineral Species Discovered in Canada" by Laszlo Horvath. Many people photos in there - and its a nice book.

As Bob Martin (martinite) is the editor of this volume he may be a useful contact for photos.



13th Jul 2009 20:27 BSTJim Ferraiolo

Uploaded 240924, Paul B. Moore (paulmooreite) and 240925, Brian Mason (brianite, and stenhuggarite)

13th Jul 2009 23:29 BSTLászló Horváth Manager


I can probably cover many Canadians as my book (the one Andy mentioned above) had photos of nearly all the Canadians who had minerals named after them. My problem is that many have or may have copyright or permission issues that I will have to check. Some of the permissions for the use of the photos covered the book only, and some of the living may be touchy about their image being on a website. This will take time to sort out. Marco Ciriotti et al. just published a new book "Italian type minerals" which has numerous photos, but I suspect that they will have similar problems with copyrights etc.


14th Jul 2009 16:07 BSTAnonymous User


I've uploaded photo id 147347 of Mr. R.M. Wilke to put on the page of Wilkeite


16th Jul 2009 20:41 BSTjulie curtis steele

i will send a copy of a picture of my mother, juanita curtis soon. i don't understand your site, how do i join?

16th Jul 2009 20:51 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Click on the register link at the top

16th Jul 2009 23:05 BSTRobert Meyer Manager

Among my locality and "other" photographs are pictures of:

Robert M. Boggs (Boggsite), Eugene E. Foord (Foordite) (looks like this is already linked), and Benjamin Bartlett (Bart) Cannon (Cannonite)

Do I need to reload them in this different category, or can they be linked somehow?

Bob Meyer

16th Jul 2009 23:13 BSTArmand Dutroux


Nyerereite is named in honor of

Sorosite is nmaed in honor of

Thanks for your atention.

16th Jul 2009 23:36 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Bob, No, everything would be fine for using them.

30th Aug 2009 16:12 BSTTony Peterson Expert

From the pantheon of Dead White Males, I have uploaded:

A picture of William Logan, see weloganite, photo #248674.

A picture of John William Dawson, see dawsonite, photo #248675.

A picture of John Alexander Dresser, see dresserite, photo #248676.

Still trying for Anne Sabina (took a shot but not sufficiently flattering) and will soon get Carleton U.


30th Aug 2009 16:35 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Added. Thanks.

1st Sep 2009 11:34 BSTSteve Sorrell Expert

I noticed that neither Pete Williams (petewilliamsite) or Bill Birch (birchite) photos have been added...

1st Sep 2009 11:47 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Done. Thanks.

1st Sep 2009 11:49 BSTSteve Sorrell Expert

Thanks David

1st Sep 2009 16:42 BSTChris Stanley Expert

"i've uploaded photo id 248982 of myself to put on the page of chrisstanleyite"

"i've uploaded photo id 248985 of Dr Alan J Criddle to put on the page of criddleite"


Chris S

1st Sep 2009 17:26 BSTRoger Lang Manager


the picture of Dreyer (for Dreyerite) is already uploaded:



1st Sep 2009 18:44 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Dreyerite, criddleite and chrisstanleyite updated. updated.

1st Sep 2009 20:06 BSTRick Dalrymple Expert

I think this is a great addition and that the historical aspect of minerals is often overlooked.

How about doing a picture of the location for minerals that are named after their locality. Minerals such as Tinticite (Tintic Standard Mine, Eureka, Utah), Utahite & Juabite (Centennial Eureka Mine, Juab County, Utah). There are many others as well.

1st Sep 2009 21:56 BSTRoger Lang Manager


this is a good idea... i strongly support this



2nd Sep 2009 14:39 BSTTimothy Greenland

Here is a recent photo of RSW Braithwaite.

Should we perhaps ask permission at least of the living subjects before using their photos???

Thanks for the mindat site - its great


2nd Sep 2009 21:43 BSTUwe Kolitsch Manager

Added with comment "Photo by Timothy Greenland." (check). Do you know in which year the photo was taken?

3rd Sep 2009 09:07 BSTTimothy Greenland

Hello Uwe,

I took it in April 2008 in my flat in Lyon during a visit.

I haven't specifically asked his permission to put it up...


3rd Sep 2009 12:12 BSTAnonymous User


I've uploaded photo id 249440 of Dr. George F. Kunz to put on the page of Kunzite


3rd Sep 2009 14:02 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Kunz added.

3rd Sep 2009 20:59 BSTUwe Kolitsch Manager

DeWitt Clinton added & linked to clintonite page.

4th Sep 2009 20:57 BSTBruce J. Murphy Expert

Uploaded a picture of Joe Ruiz (Ruizite) and Dick Thomssenite (Dickthomssenite). Photo # 249685.

5th Sep 2009 15:10 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager


5th Sep 2009 16:42 BSTDenise Bicknell

Hi David

I asked Art Smith for his photo but he is ill and suggested we get his from Marie H. at Rocks and Minerals. He also thought they'd have Al Kidwell's. If you cannot get it there let me know and I will try another route.


12th Sep 2009 15:53 BSTTimothy Greenland

I've just looked at the entry for Braithwaiteite, and there is an error. RSW Braithwaite is at Manchester University, not Reading.

Best wishes


12th Sep 2009 21:05 BSTUwe Kolitsch Manager


7th Nov 2009 21:51 GMTGerhard Niklasch Expert

I've finally managed to get a decent photo of the painting of Wilhelm Maucher in the back room of the shop he had founded a hundred years ago in Munich (then Süddeutsche Mineralienzentrale, now Kristallgarten Maucher). Please be welcome to link it to the Maucherite page!

8th Nov 2009 14:21 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Added. Thanks.

28th Jul 2010 10:55 BSTSteve Sorrell Expert

There is a photo of Al Kidwell on page 13 of the October 2008 edition of the Backbender's Gazette, the newsletter of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society. Could be worth asking if it can be used.



28th Jul 2010 11:12 BSTSteve Sorrell Expert

And Fred Pough is here.



28th Jul 2010 14:06 BSTScott Sadlocha

I just came across this thread while at work, but it made me think. I have been getting older issues of Rocks and Minerals magazine lately, and I recall that in some of the older issues, they had a "Who's Who in Mineral Names" section. This usually had a small article on an older mineral name, and a small article on a more recent mineral name. I am not sure how many of the people in these articles have already been covered, or if this has already been mentioned, but this might be a good source, though I don't know the exact process to be able to use the photos involved.

28th Jul 2010 16:37 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Most photos published in Rocks and Minerals have the copyright retained by the various photographers.
I have uploaded Photo ID: 323405 of Ed Oyler to add to the Edoylerite page.

I have uploaded Photo 323407 of Adolph Pabst to be added to the Pabstite page.

I have uploaded Photo 323408 of Jack Parnau to be added to the Parnauite page.


28th Jul 2010 17:06 BSTBrent Thorne Expert

I have uploaded a photo of myself #323409 taken in Telluride, Colorado, (fitting, since thorneite is a tellurate).

Brent Thorne

28th Jul 2010 17:08 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Thanks Gene. Added to edoylerite page.
I have uploaded Photo 323411 of Lu Watters for the Wattersite page.

I'm not sure if this one will help. Photo 323412 is a group photo of Richard Erd, Gene Foord and Ed Oyler.


28th Jul 2010 22:10 BSTIkram Mohammad Expert

Have uploaded Photo 323440 of Dr, Munir Ahmad Khan for Munirite.


29th Jul 2010 00:38 BSTWilliam W. Besse Expert


You already have a photo of Waldemar Christopher Brögger. Do you want another? If so let me know and I will upload it or you can take it from here. This one appears to be from later in life and has a signature with it.


29th Jul 2010 15:22 BSTjacques jedwab

"Minerals with belgian roots-From hopeite(1824) to tazieffite (2009)"

by E. Van Der Meersche, P. De Paepe and G. Stoops

Academia Press, 2010, Ghent, 231 pp. (ISBN 978 90 382 1531 0)

shows portraits of people after whom minerals discovered in Belgium have been named (Part I), and of Belgians after whom minerals discovered abroad have been named (Part II). About 120 sections are comprised of a biographical sketch, a bibliography, crystallographic drawings, and fine pictures of the concerned mineral species.

Fine idea and excellent craftsmanship. J.J.

30th Jul 2010 02:22 BSTDonald Doell Expert

Photo ID 323589 of Bob & Edna Whitmore for Whitmoreite.

30th Jul 2010 05:11 BSTJake Harper Expert


I have uploaded photo id 323591 to put on the page for Montgomeryite.

One of the two greatest U.S. field collectors of old.


30th Jul 2010 05:29 BSTJake Harper Expert

Another here,

Uploaded photo id 323594 to put on the page for Overite.

The other of the two greatest U.S. field collectors of old.

This is an absolutely superb addition to mindat!


11th Aug 2010 02:33 BSTJake Harper Expert


I have uploaded photo id 326114 to put on the page for Liddicoatite.



11th Aug 2010 06:50 BSTRock Currier Expert


Do you really think Arthur Montgomery was one of the two greatest field collectors?

11th Aug 2010 19:09 BSTUwe Kolitsch Manager

Updated: Poughite, kidwellite, munirite, liddicoatite.

There was already a (different) photo for pabstite and bröggerite.

Parnauite, thorneite, wattersite, whitmoreite, montgomeryite and overite had already been updated by someone else.

18th Aug 2010 22:45 BSTAmir C. Akhavan Manager

I've uploaded photo id 328343 of Dr. Fritz Berndt to put on the page of Berndtite .


19th Aug 2010 00:39 BSTAlfredo Petrov Manager

Thanks, Amir. Added.

26th Sep 2010 11:25 BSTAleš Tomek Expert

I have uploaded a photo of J. Heyrovský - for heyrovskýite page -


26th Sep 2010 14:18 BSTJean-Marc Johannet Manager

Thanks, Aleš. Added.

20th Nov 2010 03:00 GMTClifford Trebilcock

I have uploaded photo ID 348024 of Mr Peter B Samuelson to be put on Samuelsonite page.


20th Nov 2010 16:28 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Thanks. Updated samuelsonite page.

13th Dec 2010 20:35 GMTRik Dillen Expert

Dear Jolyon,

I've uploaded photo id352982 of David Shannon to put on the page of shannonite.

I've uploaded photo id352981 of Dr. Lourens Wals to put on the page of lourenswalsite.

I've uploaded photo id352975 of Dr. Renaud Vochten to put on the page of vochtenite.

I've uploaded photo id352974 of Dr. René Van Tassel to put on the page of vantasselite.

I've uploaded photo id352973 of Dr. Michel Deliens to put on the page of deliensite.

I've uploaded (some months ago) photo id262035 of Dr. Willy Viaene to put on the page of viaeneite.


Rik Dillen

13th Dec 2010 21:11 GMTJean-Marc Johannet Manager

Thanks Rik,

All added to the mineral pages.

25th Feb 2011 22:39 GMTAleš Tomek Expert

I have uploaded a photo of František Slavík ( - to be put on Slavíkite page (

26th Feb 2011 00:42 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Thanks. Do you have any biographical data on him? When Born? Works for.

Why it was named for him?

26th Feb 2011 20:05 GMTKelly Nash Expert

I've uploaded a photograph of Nicholas Theis, for the theisite page: <." rel="nofollow">>.

26th Feb 2011 20:18 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Thanks. Added to mineral page.

26th Feb 2011 23:13 GMTAleš Tomek Expert

The mineral Slavíkite was named after František Slavík (1876-1957) a czech professor of Mineralogy at Charles University, Prague. He was dean of Faculty of Science from 1924 to 1925 and rector from 1937 to 1938.


P.S. There is a mistake in the Slavíks data in Slavikite page - he was born 1876.

22nd May 2011 22:57 BSTPaul Siegel

Lindsleyite is named for Dr. Donald Lindsley, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Stony Brook University. Dr. Lindsley is also a past winner of the Roebling award. Stony Brook University is also home to Dr. Richard Reeder (Reederite). Recently named Rakovanite is named for Dr. John Rakovan, John's PhD supervisor and thesis advisor was Dr. Reeder.

9th Jun 2011 21:36 BSTJohn Rakovan Manager

Dear Jolyon,

I have posted a picture of Dr. Richard J. Reeder, Photo ID: 391532 , to be placed on the mineral page for reederite.



9th Jun 2011 22:07 BSTPaul Siegel


Attached is a picture of John Rakovan for whom Rakovanite is named.


10th Jun 2011 00:16 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Added for reederite - Thanks.

13th Jun 2011 19:43 BSTJohn Rakovan Manager

Thanks David,

I have also posted a picture of Dr. Robert Downes, Photo ID: 392009, to be placed on the mineral page for bobdownsite.



13th Jun 2011 20:41 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Added Bobdownsite - thanks

14th Jun 2011 01:46 BSTJohn Rakovan Manager

Thanks again David,

While we are at it, I have uploaded a picture of Dr. Donald H. Lindsley, Photo ID: 392107, for the mineral lindsleyite.



25th Aug 2011 13:35 BSTEddy Vervloet Expert

I see picture 352981 is still missing from the viaeneite page.

25th Aug 2011 13:47 BSTUwe Kolitsch Manager

352981 was for lourenswalsite.

The link was already there, but the photo of Mr Wals was not shown because the field "History of Name" was empty - now fixed.

27th Nov 2011 18:23 GMTBela Feher Expert

I have uploaded a picture of Sándor Klaj for the mineral klajite. Photo ID: 427580.

27th Nov 2011 19:30 GMTJean-Marc Johannet Manager

Thanks Bela.


4th Dec 2011 15:04 GMTBela Feher Expert

I have uploaded some personal photos for the following minerals:

- andorite and semseyite - Andor Semsey (Photo ID 428881)

- fizélyite - Sándor Fizély (428856)

- fülöppite - Béla Fülöpp (428859)

- kitaibelite - Pál Kitaibel (428860)

- mauritzite - Béla Mauritz (428865)

- pettkóite - János Pettkó (428868)

- schafarzikite - Ferenc Schafarzik (428872)

- szabóite - József Szabó (428887)

- sztrókayite - Kálmán Imre Sztrókay (428890)

4th Dec 2011 15:19 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Added. Thanks

14th Dec 2011 11:49 GMTGeorges Favreau Manager


I just uploaded a picture of Jacques, Emile Dietrich to be used for the page of his namesake mineral, jacquesdietrichite.



14th Dec 2011 11:56 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Added. Thanks.

17th Dec 2011 08:11 GMTRalph Bottrill Manager

I just added Ian Plimer to Plimerite.

He has just mentioned Mindat on the radio, talking about how chrystotile is not asbestos because it's a serpentine, quoting this site. He may be very disappointed to see this page:

25th May 2012 11:12 BSTRonnie Van Dommelen Expert

I have uploaded some personal photos for the following minerals:

- howlite - Henry How (466228) - he also discovered mordenite

- moorhouseite - Walter Moorhouse (466513)

Just checking - I see that the photo has already been added to the moorhousite page.

25th May 2012 13:53 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Added. Thanks

16th Jul 2012 20:19 BSTAleš Tomek Expert


could someone fill in the heading after what/who was the mineral named for?


In honor of prof. Zdeněk Pouba,(8.6.1922 - 27.12.2011), czech mineralogist, chair of deposit and economy geology (from 1953 to 1982) in Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.



Photo is from pages of Czech association of deposit geologists (

16th Jul 2012 20:48 BSTAmir C. Akhavan Manager

Thanks Aleš!


("Photo Copyright © Ales Tomek" means it is your photo, right?)

18th Sep 2014 04:08 BSTKelly Nash Expert

Terry Wallace, for whom the mineral terrywallaceite is named, is a member here and has posted his own photo in his gallery at

I don’t know Terry, but he probably wouldn’t mind the photo being on the mineral page. I would do it myself but I’m not sure how.

He also has a blog with some posts on silver minerals, mineral collecting, and other geology and nature subjects that are quite interesting and well written:

18th Sep 2014 09:13 BSTErik Vercammen Expert

I've put a picture of Gilles Haineault (haineaultite) in the database:

18th Sep 2014 16:02 BSTDebbie Woolf Manager

Haineaultite added, thanks.

Having trouble with Terrywallaceite I added the photo ID but its not showing, perhaps as there is no description about him, will look into it.

18th Sep 2014 16:06 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

That's right it needs the description field filled in

18th Sep 2014 16:23 BSTDebbie Woolf Manager

Thanks - was surprised nothing on rruff for Terrywallaceite - found info here - now added to database

18th Sep 2014 17:02 BSTTerry Wallace

I received a message vis a vis discussion group on photos. I attach a more modern photo of Terry Wallace (me) which appropriately ages me.

18th Sep 2014 17:26 BSTDebbie Woolf Manager

Thank you Terry, I'll add it. May we have your date of birth please.


18th Sep 2014 17:34 BSTTerry Wallace

date of birth: June 30, 1956

18th Sep 2014 18:19 BSTDebbie Woolf Manager

Thanks very much for helping us improve the quality of the data :-)

30th Dec 2014 10:22 GMTSteve Sorrell Expert

Selwynite, named after Alfred Selwyn - photo on Victorian Government website...

Don't know if the image can be used.



3rd Jan 2015 16:59 GMTRock Currier Expert

Steve, I tried to upload the image of Alfred Selwyn you posted above, but it is too small for our program to accept. Can you get a larger picture of Selwyn?

3rd Jan 2015 17:42 GMTTony Albini

According to Julian A. Sohon, on page 24 of Connecticut Minerals, Their Properties and Occurrence, 1951, "Columbite is named after Columbia, a name for America where it was first found".

13th Jan 2015 09:28 GMTSteve Sorrell Expert

Rock Currier Wrote:


> Steve, I tried to upload the image of Alfred

> Selwyn you posted above, but it is too small for

> our program to accept. Can you get a larger

> picture of Selwyn?

Not without playing around with the image Rock. What's the minimum dimensions?

13th Jan 2015 09:58 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

"What's the minimum dimensions?" = 350 pixels wide by 250 pixels high.

13th Jan 2015 12:45 GMTRonnie Van Dommelen Expert

I've added another image of Selwyn. See

This is from the the wiki page

I hope it is helpful.

13th Jan 2015 13:42 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Thanks. Added.

13th Jan 2015 19:52 GMTAleš Tomek Expert

Uploaded by Uwe Kolitsch
This image has been released to the public domain and may be used freely.
I enclose a photo of František Čech - Čechite is named after him. Thanks!

13th Jan 2015 20:34 GMTDon Windeler

My tongue is (partially) in cheek for this one, but I see there are some nice site photos of the Centennial Eureka mine dumps for eurekadumpite.... ;-)



14th Jan 2015 19:52 GMTUwe Kolitsch Manager

Thanks, Aleš - added.
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