Born: Dec 25, 1761 AD
Died: 1817 AD, at 55 years of age.
1761 - Born in Trewarthenick, Cornwall England on the 25th of December.
1784 - He was educated at Bristol Grammar School, where he became interested in chemistry, then after two years with a private tutor entered St John's College, Cambridge from where he graduated.
1790 - He married Charlotte Anne Gwatkin in 1790 and they had one daughter.
1791 - While studying ilmenite from the Manaccan valley, he isolated the calx of an unknown metal which he named manaccanite.
- Martin Heinrich Klaproth discovered what we now known as titanium in the mineral rutile.
- He named it Titanium after the Titans of Greek Mythology, eventually it was clarified that Gregor made the discovery first
- Gregor was credited with the discovery, but the element kept the name chosen by Klaproth. Gregor later found titanium in corundum from Tibet, and in a tourmaline from a local tin mine.
1817 - Died of tuberculosis on the 11th of June and was buried in a nearby churchyard.
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