Minerals Named After Caltechers

Dozens of minerals have been named after Caltech faculty, staff, alumni, and other individuals associated with the Institute over the years.

Adapted from the presentation "Minerals Named After Persons Associated With Caltech" by George Rossman, professor of mineralogy. Includes information from mindat.org, an online mineral reference.

image of the mineral Housleyite


Housleyite is a rare lead- and tellurium-rich mineral first found at Otto Mountain, near Baker, California. It was named in honor of Robert Housley, former visiting professor and current visitor in geochemistry at Caltech. Housley rediscovered abandoned mines in the area, and he is credited with the discovery of several new tellurite minerals.

Created by Robert Perkins
GPS, geology
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