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Baron Axel Fredrik Cronstedt discovered nickel in 1751. Cronstedt was a mining expert, chemist, and mineralogist.
Although miners had found nickel for many years when they were mining for copper, no one recognized that it was a new element before Cronstedt's discovery.
Baron Cronstedt was a member of an old and prominent Swedish family. Many in the family were prominent military officers. Axel Fredrik Cronstedt developed methods of analyzing ores and classifying minerals. Architect Count Carl Johan Cronstedt designed a tiled heating stove in 1767 that is a very efficient design which is still in use today.
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