Titanium, element number 22, is named for the Titans of Greek mythology. It was named by German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth in 1795. Klaproth had discovered and named uranium in 1789 and named this new discovery along the same lines. Titanium had been previously been found in some Cornish ores by British amateur geologist William Gregor in 1791, who recognized it as a new element. Klaproth, evidently unaware of Gregor’s discovery, independently found it again four years later. Despite Gregor’s earlier claim, it was Klaproth’s titanium, and not Gregor’s menakanet, that caught on and is used today.

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