Lovoya, Norway/064

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Inside the museum is a portrait of Hans Morten Thrane Esmark, the discoverer of thorite. He was not only a parson of the Brevik church on Sylerøya, but also a geologist, chemist, biologist, and inventor. He was the only amateur who has been granted honorary fellowship in the Mineralogical Society of England. He was also the first mayor of Brevik. He wanted to name the mineral "berzelianite," honoring the person who performed the analysis, but Berzelius refused, naming the element after the Norse God of thunder, Thor. It is believed that Esmark had his parsonage somewhere on Kirkevegen, probably between the bridge and the church, but the exact location is no longer known. {LINK: Berzelius to Stockholm, 1st Swedish Academy site}