System: orthorhombic Hardness:2-2½ Rarity:not common
Strunz id:II/E.30-10 -
Name origin: Named by E.J. Chapman in 1843 in honor of Dr. Arthur Aikin (19 May 1773, Warrington, Lancashire, England – 15 April 1854, Hoxton, London, England), chemist. Aikin was a founder, and for many years Secretary, of the Geological Society of London. He also authored a "Manual of Mineralogy".