|Los—Axel Fredrik Cronstedt elements
Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, a student of Georg Brandt and a mining expert for the Swedish Bureau of Mines, at first mistook the red ore as a copper mineral. Miners called it kupfernickel after copper and Nickel, a mischievous sprite whom miners blamed for the fact you couldn’t get copper from it.
Atomic number 28
Occurs with iron in meterorites and Earth’s core. Ancient Chinese included it in bronze, it is thought, unintentionally. Used in coins, stainless steel and other alloys, magnets, rechargeable batteries, and hydrogenating catalysts.
Stuff that annoys
Humans depend on enzymes that contain nickel. My sister is allergic to nickel on contact.