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R. L. Ansin
(1947-    )

Raymond Leon Ansin is an artist, chemist, fireworks manufacturer, and (former) mineral collector in Dunedin, New Zealand. He wrote "Minerals of the Tui mine, New Zealand" for The Mineralogical Record in 1975. Following college he took a job at Glaxo Laboratories working on milk products and general analysis. It was while working at Glaxo that he identified arsenic as being a major contributor to many of the coloured features in the Waiotapu thermal area and discovered several mineral species previously unrecorded in New Zealand. He spent every available weekend and holiday searching for further new specimens to study. He then accepted a position as chemist at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences in Lower Hutt, which gave him ready access to X-ray diffraction equipment, greatly aiding in further mineral identifications. A home-built carbon arc spectrograph in his garage produced spectra on photographic plates. Articles and publications followed, and every month saw him at a site somewhere in New Zealand, collecting minerals deep in working mines or mining out crops. His mineral collection rapidly grew and grew, until eventually finding storage became an ongoing nightmare. Something had to change, and so, with a growing passion for surreal painting, he sold most of his minerals and the best portion of the collection was moved to its new home at the National Museum of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

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