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Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann

Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann (February 22, 1782 - December 26, 1859), German mineralogist, was born in Hanover.

He was educated in Göttingen, where he obtained the degree of Ph.D. After making a geological tour of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in 1807, he was placed two years later at the head of a government mining establishment in Westphalia, and he established a school of mines at Clausthal in the Harz mountains.

In 1811 he was appointed professor of technology and mining, and later of geology and mineralogy at the university of Göttingen, and he occupied this chair until shortly before his death. For many years he was also secretary of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Göttingen.

He published observations on geology and mineralogy in Spain and Italy as well as in central and northern Europe: he wrote on gypsum, pyrites, felspar, tachylite, cordierite and on some eruptive rocks, and he devoted much attention to the crystals developed during metallurgical processes. He died in Hanover on the 26th of December 1859.


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