Probably more known for his work with platinum he developed the first practical industrial process for producing aluminium and prompted this comment...
"Aluminium may probably send tin to the right about face, drive copper saucepans into penal servitude, and blow up German-silver sky-high into nothing".
Aluminum, third most abundant element, is everywhere...automobiles, culinary, manufacturing.
Henri Sainte-Claire Deville [Wikipedia]
Henri Sainte-Claire Deville