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Who's Who in Mineral Names: Fernando Cámara (b. 1967)

Cámaraite is named after Fernando Cámara, who discovered the mineral and solved its crystal structure (Cámara, Sokolova, and Nieto 2009), in recognition of his contributions to the fields of mineralogy and crystallography, particularly with respect to Ti-silicate minerals, amphiboles, arrojadite-group minerals, and cancrinite-group minerals.

Cámara was born on 24 May 1967 in Melilla (Spain), a beautiful town in North Africa that has belonged to Spain since it was captured by the Kingdom of Castile from the Kingdom of Fez in 1497, after Castile took control of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, the last remnant of Al-Andalus. Cámara is the fourth of five children (Juan, Ana Maria, Rafael, and José Ramón) of Juan Cámara Gorgé and Ana María Artigas Bibian. His father served as a military officer in the Spanish Infantry Army (Regulares) in the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco until 1956, when Spain discontinued the protectorate and relinquished the territory to the newly independent kingdom of Morocco. At that time, Juan moved to Melilla, where he served as an army officer for the rest of his working life, retiring as a colonel. His career was followed by Fernando's eldest brother, a lieutenant colonel in the army, serving also in Melilla.

Dr. Frank C. Hawthorne is Canada Research Chair in Crystallography and Mineralogy at the University of Manitoba. He was recipient of the 2008 Carnegie Mineralogical Award and the 2009 International Mineralogical Association Medal for excellence in mineralogical research.

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