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Clemens Alexander Winkler
(26 Dec 1838 - 8 Oct 1904)

German chemist who, in 1886, discovered a new element in the mineral argyodite, which he named germanium, for Germany.


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Die Welt der chemischen Vorgδnge gleicht einer Bόhne, auf welcher sich in unablδssiger Aufeinanderfolge Scene um Scene abspielt. Die handelnden Personen auf ihr sind die Elemente.
The world of chemical reactions is like a stage, on which scene after scene is ceaselessly played. The actors on it are the elements.
— Clemens Alexander Winkler
Original German quote in Mary Elvira Weeks, The Discovery of the Elements (1934), 2, citing Winkler, 'Ueber die Entdeckung neuer Elemente im Verlaufe der letzten fόnfundzwanzig Jahre," Ber. (Jan 1897), 30, 13. Translation in Mary Elvira Weeks and Henry M. Leicester (ed.)The Discovery of the Elements (6th ed. 1956), 3.
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