Ruprecht, Antal

Ruprecht, Antal (1748-1818)

18th Century
Born: Schmöllnitz/Smolnik (Hungary, now Slovakia, 1748 
Died: Wien (Austria), 1814

Ruprecht graduated from the Mining Academy of Selmecbány established in 1763. He was appointed to be professor chemistry and metallurgy in 1779. He was among the first who regarded the so-called "soils" as complex substances, and tried to show this by experiments. He succeeded in melting platinum first and he had a part in the discovery of tellurium.