The Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy is a joint initiative
of Paul Tambuyser and Claude Hootelé.
Paul Tambuyser (Antwerp, 1950) has
been fascinated by minerals since his early childhood. After
earning his degree in chemical engineering he specialized in
crystallography, x-ray diffraction and transmission electron
microscopy. He also studied gemology at GIA and got his FGA
Within mineralogy his main interests are in the growth and morphology
of Alpine quartz crystals and in the history of mineralogy and
crystallography. As a collector he is especially interested
in early mineralogy books and crystal goniometers.
Claude Hootelé (Brussels,
1938) studied Chemistry at the University of Brussels where
he obtained a PhD. After an academic career mainly devoted to
research in the field of structure determination and synthesis
of natural products he is now retired.
He is especially interested in classic mineralogy and in the
history of mineralogy and crystallography and collects minerals,
early books, instruments and models.