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Smithson Tennant
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Born in Selby, North Yorkshire
Born on 30th of November 1761
Died on 22nd of February 1815

Born 1761. Died 1815 - English chemist.

Educated at Edinburgh University and Cambridge. Analysed lime, demonstrated that diamond is a form of carbon. Established partnership to produce platinum equipment for chemical research and industry. Discovered two elements, iridium and osmium. Elected FRS in 1785. Died in a riding accident.

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