Wolfgang Franz von Kobell

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Wolfgang Xavier Franz Baron von Kobell (July 19, 1803 - November 11, 1882) was a German mineralogist. He was born in Munich, Bavaria and died there.

Having studied mineralogy in Landshut, he became professor of mineralogy in 1826 at the university of Munich. In 1855 he invented the stauroscope for the study of the optical properties of crystals. Author of numerous scientific papers, he described many new minerals.

The mineral Kobellite is named for him.

Works:

  • Charakteristik der Mineralien (2 vols. 1830-1831)
  • Tafeln zur Bestimmung der Mineralien (1833; and later editions,, ed. 12, by K. Oebbeke, 1884)
  • Grundzuge der Mineralogie (1838)
  • Geschichte der Mineralogie von 1650-1860 (1864)


Notes

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See also: List of mineralogists

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