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Who’s Who in Mineral Names: Pete J. Dunn



Petedunnite was named for Pete J. Dunn, at the time a mineralogist in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. “It is a very boring mineral,” commented Dunn when describing his namesake mineral in his 1995 magnum opus, Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey: The World’s Most Magnificent Mineral Deposits. Indeed, most pyroxenes are rarely aesthetic or exciting, and petedunnite is no exception. Nonetheless, its naming was a fitting tribute to a scientist who studied these deposits in great detail and with remarkable productivity.
Tony Nikischer is founder and president of Excalibur Mineral Corporation, publisher of Mineral News, and founder and chairman of the board of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy. The mineral nikischerite was named for him in 2001.

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