Klaproth, Martin Heinrich

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Klaproth, Martin Heinrich

(mär`tēn hīn`rĭkh kläp`rōt), 1743–1817, German chemist. He is often referred to as the father of analytic chemistry. He recognized (1789) the presence of zirconium in the ore zirconia and of uranium in a precipitate of pitchblende. He also worked on other elements, including titanium and tellurium.