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Who's Who in Mineral Names: Robert Joseph King (1923–2013)

Bobkingite, Cu52+Cl2(OH)8(H2O)2, is a hydrous cupric chlorohydroxide that occurs as a secondary mineral with malachite and azurite on massive cuprite. The type locality is the New Cliffe Hill quarry, Stanton-under-Bardon, Leicestershire, England (Hawthorne et al. 2002). Type material consists of minute (0.2-mm), transparent, pale blue plates. Subsequently, it has been found in tiny, transparent blue, prismatic crystals at the La Cena del Depósito concession, Cerro Minado Mines, Cuesta Alta, Huércal-Overa, Almeria, Andalusia, Spain, and at a locality in Greece. The mineral was named for Dr. Robert J. King, a prominent mineral collector, a founding member of the Russell Society, and a former member of the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester.

Dr. Steven C. Chamberlain, a consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals, is an avid collector and researcher specializing in the minerals of New York State.

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