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About EdisoniteHide

Thomas Alva Edison
Named by William E. Hidden in 1888 in honor of Thomas Alva Edison [February 11, 1847 Milan, Ohio - October 18, 1931 West Orange, New Jersey, USA]. Edison was one of the most important inventors in world history. He and his staff, at the General Electric Company, were responsible for nearly 1100 inventions or significant improvements to existing inventions including machine components: the electric light bulb and fixture, motion pictures, the phonograph and methods of duplicating phonograph records, major advancements to telegraphy including the telegraphic printer and a print wheel for printing telegraphic messages and many support devices, papers, and chemicals for telegraphic processes, improved electromagnets, magnetic ore separators, advances in chemical extraction of gold ores, methods of ore grinding, screening, bricking, and peletization, sprocket chain drives and conveying of mined ores, the electric voting recorder, improved voltaic and galvanic batteries and their chargers, the alkaline battery, alternating electric current generator, governor for electric motors and numerous components used in electric motors, electric railroads, stencil pen, improved telephones, electromagnetic brake, methods for metallic plating, preserving fruit, rubber extraction from plants, improved vacuum apparatus, electric meter including the webermeter for measuring electric fields, electrical conductors, systems for electrical distribution, improved valve gears, improved electric-arc lights, drawing cable cars on inclines, waterproof paint, advances in making portland cement, gas purifiers and dryers, improved swaging machines, and electric cars.
A variety of Rutile

A crystallographic variety of rutile.

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No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for EdisoniteHide

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Hidden, William E. (1888), On Edisonite, a Fourth Form of Titanic Acid, American Journal of Science: 36: 272-274.
Muegge (1889) Jarhbuch fur Mineralogy, v. 1, p. 231.
Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 554.

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- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

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    • Polk Co.
Hidden, William E. (1888), On Edisonite, a Fourth Form of Titanic Acid, American Journal of Science: 36: 272-274.
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