|He was a Frenchman who was invited to Seminario Vergara in the Basque region of northern Spain. He became Chair of Chemistry there in 1780. He was the first to produce in quantity a malleable form of platinum in 1786, preceding the work of William Hyde Wollaston who also developed a similar procedure by 1800 in London, England. Chabaneau was given directorship of the newly founded School of Mineralogy in Madrid, Spain, in 1789.
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