Bottger

4641 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named after Johann Friedrich Baottger (1682-1719). He was supposed to have made gold as alchemist to King August II the Strong of Saxonia. But instead he developed, together with mathematician and physician Ehrenfried Walter von Tschirnhaus, the first European porcelain in 1707-08. In 1710, Baottger became the head of the Dresden (later Meissen) Porcelain Manufacture. Baottger tried to sell the secret for the production of porcelain to the king of Prussia, so August II put Baottger into prison, where he died a short time later. (M 22507)

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