The responsibility of providing mineral names for new species rests with the
author(s) of the original paper (with approval of
the Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names (CNMMN) of the International
Mineralogical Association (IMA)).
Minerals are commonly named based on the following:
Gabrielle Hamburger Donnay (1920-1987), American-Canadian
mineralogist, McGill Univeristy. See Donnayite-(Y)
(co-named with Joseph Desire Hubert Donnay [1902-1994]) and Gaidonnayite.
Jons Jacob Berzelius (1779-1848), Swedish chemist who discovered
the element selenium. See Berzelianite and Berzeliite.
Kin-ichi Sakurai (1912-1993), Japanese amateur mineralogist and
collector, coauthor of "Minerals of Japan" 1938. See Kinichilite and Sakuraiite.
Leo Neal Yedlin (1908-1997), micromount mineral collector of New
Haven, Connecticut, USA. See Nealite
Lorenz Oken (1779-1851), German natural historian, Munich Germany.
and Nekoite (reverse of Oken).
Marie Curie-Sklodowska (1867-1934), Polish-born French researcher
of radioactive minerals. Discovered the element radium. See Curite (co-named with her husband,
Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743-1817), of Berlin, Germany who
discovered the elements Uranium and Titanium. His name-sake minerals were
Klaprothite of Beudant (Later discredited as
Klaprothite or Klaprothine of Petersen and Sandberger
(Later discredited as a mixture of
Neil Alden Armstrong, (1930-), American astronaut, first human
being on the moon's surface, Apollo 11 Lunar Mission. See
Armalcolite (co-named with Edwin E. "Buzz" ALdrin, and Michael
COLlins, the other Apollo 11 crew members) and
Pierre Armand Petit Dufrenoy (1792-1857), French mineralogist,
National School of Mines, Paris, France. See Dufrenite and
William Fredrick Foshag (1894-1956), mineralogist and former
curator at U. S. National Museum.. See Foshagite and
(co-named with the discredited mineral centrallasite [now named gyrolite]).
Yekaterina Eutikhievna Kostyleva-Labuntsova (1894-1974), Russian
Mineralogist. See Kostylevite and
with Aleksander Nikolaevich Labuntsov).